National Sandwich Month Rolls Into Vegas With Creative Twists

National Sandwich Month is underway and several independent Las Vegas chefs have put unique stamps on the art worthy of national attention. 

  • Esther’s Kitchen (estherslv.com): The popular “Best of Las Vegas” Arts District seasonal Italian restaurant offers several classic and vegetarian housemade sandwiches including these highlights: 
    • Mushroom Panini — This upgraded grilled cheese combines fontina and tartufo (black truffle) cheese with a five mushroom mix, aioli, chives, and lemon, grilled on housemade sourdough and finished with an extra crust of cheese on the outside.
    • Porchetta Sandwich — Juicy house-made porchetta is roasted and shaved on a roll with pork cracklins, spicy rabe, and pickled chilis.
Mushroom Panini at Esther's Kitchen
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Mushroom Panini at Esther’s Kitchen
  • EDO Tapas & Wine (edotapas.com): Located in Las Vegas’ bustling Chinatown, EDO offers a modern take on Catalonian tapas, gin & tonics and Iberico de bellota (also “Best of Las Vegas”). 
    • Bikini — Possibly the world’s skinniest, most delicious sandwich, this take on the Spanish classic combines sobrasada and mahon cheese for an impossible amount of flavor in a wafer-thin package. ($7)
Bikini at EDO Tapas & Wine
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Bikini at EDO Tapas & Wine
  • Graffiti Bao (instagram.com/graffitibao): The new take on Southeast Asian street food by former TAO Group Corporate Chef Marc Marrone combines traditional forms with boundary-breaking tastes.
    • Royale with Cheese — While a bao may not be a sandwich per se, this handheld doughy dumpling filled with meat is about as close as it gets in some parts of the world. Chef Marc took it for a ride, filling it with ground beef and cheese for a tribute to the American burger via Paris (w/nod to favorite movie Pulp Fiction).
Royale with Cheese at Graffiti Bao
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Royale with Cheese at Graffiti Bao
  • Served (servedlv.com): Chef Matt Meyer’s Henderson outpost mixes classic Americana with French technique and Pacific rim flavors for a menu of dishes bursting with delicious twists. 
    • Korean Cheesesteak — Spicy pork bulgogi is smothered in a cheese sauce and topped with kimchi and pickled radish for a mind-blowing wrestling match in your mouth between Seoul and South Philly. 
    • Served is also offering a Sandwich Month special offer throughout August: Buy one sandwich or burger on Brunch menu, get one 50% off-or-Any sandwich 50% off with purchase of another entree on the Dinner menu (discount applies to lesser priced item). Cannot combine with other offers, mgmt. reserves rights.
Reuben at Served
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Reuben at Served

About National Sandwich Month

August is National Sandwich Month. The basic concept of the sandwich long predates the Earl of Sandwich, the real-life 18th-century aristocrat who reportedly loved them, and gave them their modern name. The ancient Jewish sage Hillel the Elder is said to have wrapped lamb-meat and bitter herbs between two pieces of matzoh (unleavened bread) during Passover. Early versions of the “wrap” have also been found in Asia and Africa. The sandwich grew in popularity among aristocrats in the 18th and 19th centuries. Legend has it they were popularly shared, held with one hand, during late-night gaming and drinking.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a sandwich must have at least 35% cooked meat and be no more than 50% bread. The average American child eats about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before finishing high school. Astronaut John Young once smuggled a corned beef sandwich on board a Gemini flight. Submarine sandwiches are called “hoagies” in Philadelphia and “heroes” in New York. The Dagwood sandwich was first introduced by Chic Young, creator of the Blondie strip, who described the sandwich as a “mountainous pile of dissimilar leftovers.”

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