Most items on restaurant menus are listed with a description. Sometimes, though, you might see some sandwiches listed without a lot of details. Usually, this is because these sandwiches are classics, and the menu writers assume that anyone reading the menu will know what the sandwiches are. But if you're not a sandwich enthusiast, you might be confused. That's where this article will be helpful. Here's a look at some classic sandwiches and what each one contains.
A Reuben sandwich is traditionally made with rye bread. It's stuffed with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and dressing. Usually, the dressing used is called Thousand Island, but some restaurants may use Russian dressing. Reubens are usually grilled and served warm.
The French dip is another warm sandwich. It's a simple one, too. Served on an oblong, small sub roll, the sandwich is stuffed with rare roast beef, typically sliced very thinly. The "dip" part of the name comes from the cup of au jus, beef broth, which is served on the side. You're meant to dip the sandwich into the au jus before each bite.
The name of this sandwich gives you zero clue as to the actual ingredients. But don't let that stop you from ordering it; the sandwich is absolutely delicious. The bread is typically dipped in an egg batter and then fried, much like French toast. Inside, the sandwich is stuffed with ham and cheese. Typically, the cheese used is Swiss, but some restaurants may use Monterrey Jack. If served for breakfast or brunch, a Monte Cristo may come with jelly or jam on the side.
This sandwich is basically what the name suggests. It's like an open-faced hamburger — a beef patty served on one piece of bread or half a roll with lots of cheese melted on top. Patty melts are typically eaten with a knife and fork.
The Muffuletta is a New Orleans favorite, but if you did not grow up in or around New Orleans, you may not know what it is. It's a sandwich served on a big, fluffy roll with roasted red peppers, olives, salami or bologna, Swiss cheese, mustard, and onions. Muffeletas are big and filling and very flavorful.
The next time you see one of these sandwiches on a menu, you will know what it is and will be better able to make an informed order. Enjoy!