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Sandwiches of the Rich and Famous

September 16, 2010 7:24 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

I bristle at paying more than $10 for a sandwich (though I will, if it's worth it), so a $100 sandwich isn't on my sand wish list. Every few years, it seems, some chef dreams up a buzzworthy sandwich or burger stuffed with luxury ingredients and promoted by its high price tag. This week, it's cheese sandwich that costs $176.

Created by Chef Martin Blunos for England's Frome cheese show, the double-decker sandwich features bespoke white truffle cheese (price: 92 pounds), quail egg, heirloom black tomato, "epicure apple," figs, a few veggie flourishes and — get this — a sprinkling of gold dust.

While I'd like to try the bespoke cheese, tomatoes, figs, and apples seems like an odd combo to me, and why ruin a good sandwich with sourdough? (Sorry, not a sourdough fan; leave your angry remarks in the comments.)

A few years ago, we heard about the Von Essen Platinum club, served at the Cliveden hotel outside London. This gastronomic luxury good is handcrafted from Iberico ham, poulet de Bresse (France’s fanciest breed of chicken), quail eggs, pricey white truffles, tomatoes, lettuce, and sourdough bread fermented for 24 hours. Naturally, it’s double-decker — and at £100 pounds a pop, it should be.

The Fool's Gold, which Elvis famously flew to Denver just to eat, cost a hefty $50, not to mention the price of fuel.

As for me, the Lobster Club at Neiman Marcus's Rotunda restaurant ($28) is probably the priciest sandwich I've eaten, and it was disappointing. Therein lies the challenge of a $100-plus sandwich. What's the most expensive sandwich you've ever eaten?

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not a sourdough fan? hum... love sourdough myself but not right for every sandwich I guess

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