Dads love a good sandwich. Or “sangwich,” as the word is often pronounced by men over the age of 35.
And while every dad claims to have a secret recipe that really just involves mayo and bacon, there are some sandwiches that most dads would agree are the true classics of the food category. Here they are, in no particular order.
1) Meatball sub. It combines two of dad’s favorite food groups: meat and round.
2) Hot dog. Dad defines it as a sandwich, debate over. It pairs well with beer and sitting down.
3) Pizza bagel. The perfection of pizza on the work bench of breads, the durable bagel.
4) Fried chicken on a Kaiser roll. Poultry on this list? Beak-lieve it!
5) Grilled Cheese. The reason winter was invented, grilled cheese and tomato soup in the kitchen nook after shoveling the driveway. Even if you use Velveeta brand cheese product (the recipe of which is believed to have been discovered in area 51).
6) PBJ. Crusts removed, creamy Jiff peanut butter and grape jelly. Any derivation from this formula can lead to all the bad side effects from every medication advertised on TV ever.
7) Italian beef. The masterpiece of spicy delicious melty meat drippery. So sloppy, dad advises taking your shirt off when eating one. No matter where you are or who you’re with.
8) Philly Cheese Steak. Dad trivia: they were served to the Founding Fathers as they drafted the Constitution, and a messy Ben Franklin accidentally used the first draft as a lunch napkin.
9) Ham on rye. A timeless classic no matter what kind of mustard you put on it. Served to patrons on their tour of the Dad Hall of Fame. No, Pete Rose isn’t in this hall either.
10) Turkey Club. The multi-level design, the toothpicks, some bacon and mayo. Dad may not have invented this colossus but hey, maybe he did. Records are sketchy at best.