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The Year in Sandwich News

December 31, 2010 8:48 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Everybody loves sandwiches, but this year more than ever, sandwiches were everywhere. I could barely step away from my blog without missing some piece of breaking sandwich news. And what weird news it was. Here are the top 10 sandwich news stories of 2010.

  1. Blimpie sandwiches sued for not being meaty enough
  2. The rise of sustainable sandwich making
  3. Chef creates a $176 cheese sandwich
  4. Denny's creates a $4 fried cheese sandwich
  5. Underground grilled cheese maker delivers on the DL
  6. Carl's Jr. tests a footlong cheeseburger
  7. Candwich sandwich in a can named in SEC lawsuit
  8. Man dislocates his jaw eating giant sandwich
  9. Three words: Selleck waterfall sandwich
  10. And the biggest sandwich story of 2010: KFC debuts the Double Down

Source: Flickr User Daves Cupboard

Sandwiches Around the Web

June 27, 2010 6:20 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Friendly's Hamburgles the Grilled Cheese Patty Melt

June 26, 2010 11:52 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Does Friendly's new Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt one-up the KFC Double Down in decadence? It's a patty melt made from two hot grilled cheese sandwiches instead of bread and dressed with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. (The mayo seems like overkill, doesn't it?) Apparently, it's even worse for you than the Double Down, with 1500 calories, 97 grams fat, and 2090 mgs sodium, but also delicious.

Though this new menu item may seem like a sign of the apocalypse, making a burger with grilled cheese sandwiches isn't a new idea. A very similar sandwich, called the Logan County Burger, led Katie Lee Joel to victory in the Burger Bash at the Food Network's NYC Wine and Food Festival in 2008.

No matter who's making it, I admire the ingenuity, but I doubt I could eat one. How about you?

Raising the Double Down Stakes, With a Donut

April 27, 2010 9:41 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Just when you thought the KFC Double Down sandwich was the unhealthiest sandwich imaginable, someone raises the stakes. Last week, while I was eating and drinking my way through New Orleans (stay tuned for sandwiches), the Top Cultured blog dreamed up the KFC Double Down Luther Burger.

For those of you unfamiliar, a Luther burger is a hamburger made with a glazed donut (preferably from Krispy Kreme) sliced in half in place of a bun. For this monstrous variation, Top Cultured suggests hitting up a KFC situated near a KK (a frighteningly common occurrence, I'm sure), purchasing the bacon and cheese sandwich made with fried chicken instead of a bun, then sandwiching that between a Krispy Kreme classic glazed.

As if that weren't enough, the fast foodies recommend extra KFC Colonel's Sauce. I'm not one to shy away from grease, but I'll take a humble fried oyster po'boy any day over this. Would you take a bite?


Y'all, the Double Down Sandwich Is Really Happening

April 12, 2010 12:55 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

In August, I reported that KFC was testing a sandwich called the Double Down, which uses fried chicken patties in place of bread. After an apparently successful run in Nebraska and Rhode Island, the Double Down will become a standard KFC menu offering.

The sandwich will make its decadent debut today. The chain lists the nutritional info if you're interested (hint: it's bad for you) along with this description:

two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken fillets (Original Recipe or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce. This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!

As one Facebook reader commented the first time I wrote about this, when does it stop being a sandwich and start being chicken cordon bleu? Good question. Another might be, when does fried food stop being good and just start being gross? Probably when you're deep-frying a sandwich made with French fries. Would you gamble on the Double Down?

Source: Flickr User Daves Cupboard

KFC's Double Down: Who Needs Bread When You've Got Fried Chicken?

August 25, 2009 7:36 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart
KFC is testing a new offering called the double down sandwich, which shuns a bun for two patties of fried chicken, filled with bacon and cheese. Apparently it is being test-marketed in Rhode Island and Nebraska. A review on Food Geekery says it's definitely worth $5. As someone who has been lusting after the jibarito sandwich, made with fried plantains instead of bread, I'm hardly one to judge. Would you eat the double down, or at least take a bite?