The Most Popular Sandwich From Every Decade
What sandwich was in your lunchbox as a kid? Take a stroll through time with us as we eat our way through the most popular sandwiches through the years.
While the exact origins of this famous sandwich are debated, most agree that it first became popular at Private Men’s Clubs at the turn of the century.
This southern staple became popular in the 1920s when Benny and Clovis Martin, owners of Martin Brothers Grocery, served up these tasty sandwiches free of change to striking streetcar workers in New Orleans.
Despite becoming popular during the Great Depression, breadless sandwiches were created to be fancy, not thrifty. Often presented as elegant rolled hors d’oeuvres, these “sandwiches” were highly popular among upscale diners during this decade.
Regarded as a simple variation for France’s Croque Monsieur sandwich, America’s Monte Cristo was first served in the 1950s in Southern California and quickly rose in popularity.
It shouldn’t come to a surprise that we can thank Samuel Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, for the Chicken Sandwich’s popularity in the 1960s. He opened the very first Chick-fil-A in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall in 1967 and the rest is history.
Created by London-based natural-foods restaurant owner, Gregory Sams, his recipe for a plant-based burger patty revolutionized burger menus in the 1980s and paved the way for veggie burger brands like Gardenburger and Boca Burger.
Popular in Europe for centuries, these tasty grilled Italian sandwiches didn’t catch on in the U.S. until the 1990s when trendy cafes and bistros started adding them to their menu as a new, hip food offering.