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Sandwiches: So Hot Right Now

In case you weren't aware, it looks like you'll be having a sandwich or two in your future: those meat, cheese, and bread creations are stacking up to be pretty hot right now. Last night, Jeff Mauro — aka "The Sandwich King" — was crowned the latest Food Network star. His show, aptly named Sandwich King, teaches viewers how to "turn any meal into a sandwich and any sandwich into a delicious meal." Maybe Tom Colicchio was onto something?

Sandwich chains are all the rage, and they're only going to get bigger. Earlier this Summer, Flip video camera founder Jonathan Kaplan announced a new mobile-driven grilled cheese concept The Melt, with plans to spawn 500 national locations by 2015. If that weren't enough, 100 Montaditos, which is being described as a "Spanish Starbucks for sandwiches," will roll out 4,000 US locations in the next five years.

While there's no denying that the sandwich is essential to American cuisine, it remains to be seen if it can shrug off its brown-bag lunch image and venture into serious dinner territory. Are you excited about the new era of sandwiches — and do you see them being appropriate to eat for every occasion?

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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
Katie, I think I would love that! The simpler, the better.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
i have a confession to make - i don't eat sandwiches! maybe once a month i'll feel brave enough to make one, but otherwise i prefer to have my bread separate from whatever else it may be filled with
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
Well, they serve Spanish sandwiches which are pretty simple. Tortilla with mayonnaise, ham and cheese, cheese, chorizo and cheese. No condiments, no vegetables, etc.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
Katie: What kind of sandwiches do they serve at 100 Montaditos? I'm dying to know. I can't wait to check it out once it's here! We need a break from all the chains in America.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
I was excited to watch Jeff win, too! And I'm honestly looking forward to his show, much more than any of the recent past winners' shows. Also, I've been to 100 Montaditos a bunch of times in Spain and I'm really curious to see how it translates in America.
lekatvt lekatvt 5 years
I was so excited to see Jeff win last night. I love sandwiches of all kinds and I think they could be simple from pb&j to extremely elegent and complicated. I'm excited for his show and the new era of sandwiches!
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