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'Wich of the Week: Old-School Club

'Wich of the Week: Old-School Club

Club sandwiches are so ubiquitous that I usually take them for granted. I order them very occasionally, maybe from hotel room service or when I'm looking for a "healthy" option at a diner. But every time I eat a good one — when the bread is only lightly browned and there's just enough mayo to balance out the crispy bacon — I realize that the club sandwich deserves more credit.

The club is actually one of the oldest original American sandwiches, invented sometime around the 1890s. Originally, club sandwiches were single decker and usually made with chicken instead of turkey. So for this 'Wich of the Week, I went in search of an authentic old-school club and found the object of my affection at St. Francis Fountain, an 80-year-old diner and soda fountain in San Francisco. For more details and my recipe,


It was a beautiful day, so I got to sit outside and enjoy my somewhat heavy lunch: a deliciously overstuffed club, a chocolate malt, and a salad for good measure. The best thing about a single-decker club is that by getting rid of the third piece of bread, you can go heavy on the other ingredients to create a much moister sandwich. St. Francis Fountain's club had the ideal ratio of crunchy bacon to juicy chicken; the shredded lettuce added a great texture, and the bread was perfectly toasted and just lightly buttered.

My only gripe is that there was a bit more mayo than I would have liked, so I've reduced the amount in my recipe below. How do you like your club? Do you think this classic sandwich is overrated or underappreciated? Tell me in the comments.

Old-School Club Sandwich

Old-School Club Sandwich

Old-School Club Sandwich


  1. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, grilled or roasted and thinly sliced
  2. 8 slices of thick-cut bacon, fried crisp and drained
  3. 1 cup iceberg lettuce, shredded
  4. 6 slices of tomato, medium thickness
  5. 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  6. 4 slices of whole wheat bread, toasted until just lightly browned


  1. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on two pieces of the toast.
  2. Divide the chicken slices between the two sandwiches and lay atop the mayo.
  3. Place four slices of bacon on each sandwich, followed by three tomato slices.
  4. Balance a handful of the shredded iceberg lettuce on top of the tomatoes.
  5. Spread a thin layer of mayo on the other two pieces of toast, and press the mayo side down to assemble.

Makes 2 sandwiches.

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milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Yumm....that is definitely one of my faves. And it is way underrated.
Hollytooie Hollytooie 9 years
While not the classic club, the best one I've had is at Lucky Strike. It has avocado and a fried egg on it. So yummy.
emalove emalove 9 years
Love club sandwiches, but I have to do mine without the mayo.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
The picture makes me want one.
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 9 years
Have you never heard the saying, "One can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much mayonnaise?" Well, okay--I made up part of that, but this does look classic and delicious. It is hard to beat a good club sandwich.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
i really do not like peanut butter
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Oh. My. Gosh. These pictures are making me so hungry! Thanks for the recipe, Yum. :)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Sooo good but this has a lot more lettuce than I would want.
vanessasworld vanessasworld 9 years
I LOVE the classic club sandwich! It is most definitely underappreciated. YUMMY!
devils devils 9 years
Yummy. I want one now :(
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
mmmm my fav :drool:
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