The sandwich was said to have invented by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich in 1762 while he was playing cards and eating meat at the same time. He didn’t want to get his hands dirty, so he had the meat placed between two pieces of bread…and well, the rest is history.
Back in present day, Montagu’s legacy still lives on in the form of sandwich franchises. His great great great great great great grandson, John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich, is the owner of the Earl of Sandwich parent company of franchises. The company has been around since 2001, but since there aren’t many stores around the states, I’m willing to bet many people out there have never heard of it.
I ordered the Original 1762, a roast beef sandwich topped with cheddar cheese and creamy horseradish sauce.
The artisan bread that’s used is rather unique in itself. It’s baked to order. A raw piece of bread, along with the ingredients are all placed on a metal conveyor belt and passes through an oven. After five minutes or so, the bread emerges from the other side hot and crispy. The roast beef looked extremely rare at first, but after passing through, it ends up being medium rare. The website states that the beef is of the Angus variety and is slow roasted and freshly carved…even though I didn’t see any carving.
Although the sandwich looked nothing like the picture on the menu, it was simply made and most importantly, tasty. The bread was better than those from Subway and Quiznos and was more square and flatter in shape and size. It also reminded me of a panini.
Gotta hand it to the family to capitalize on their legacy, I just wondered why it took so long to do so.
There aren’t many locations, and they seem to be set up at airports and tourist service sites, but if you happen to be in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and Texas, stop by for a bite.