Steak sandwich

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Steak sandwich
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A steak sandwich with cheese and pickled peppers
Type Sandwich
Place of origin United States
Region or state New Haven, Connecticut
Serving temperature Hot or cold
Main ingredients Steak, bread
Variations Multiple
Cookbook:Steak sandwich  Steak sandwich

A steak sandwich is a sandwich that is prepared with steak that has been broiled, fried, grilled, barbecued or seared using steel grates or gridirons then served on bread or a roll. Steak sandwiches are sometimes served with toppings of cheese, onions, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, and in some instances fried eggs, cole slaw, and french fries.

According to the Library of Congress, the first steak sandwich sold in the United States was at Louis' Lunch of New Haven, Connecticut.[1]


Main article: Cheesesteak
A cheesesteak sandwich

A cheesesteak, or steak and cheese, is made from thinly sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll. The cheesesteak is one of the favorite foods of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though it can be found in most parts of the U.S., it is still usually labeled or advertised as a "Philadelphia" or "Philly Cheesesteak", even if it is prepared in a manner different from that customary in the city. Variations include the type of condiments, including but not limited to, grilled onions and peppers, the type of cheese used, or the type of roll.

Italian beef[edit]

Main article: Italian beef

An Italian beef sandwich features thin slices of seasoned roast beef, dripping with meat juices, on a dense, long Italian-style roll, believed to have originated in Chicago, where its history dates back at least to the 1930s.[2] The bread itself is often dipped (or double-dipped) into the jus the meat is cooked in, and the sandwich is typically topped off with Chicago-style giardiniera or sauteed, green Italian sweet peppers. Despite the name, it is almost completely unknown in Italy.

French dip[edit]

Main article: French dip

A French dip sandwich, also known as a beef dip (especially in Canada), is a hot sandwich consisting of thinly sliced roast beef (or, sometimes, other meats) on a French roll or baguette. It is usually served au jus ("with juice"), that is, with beef juice from the cooking process. Though it can be found in many parts of the U.S. and Canada, the sandwich originated in Los Angeles, California, in the first decades of the twentieth century. Despite the name, it is almost completely unknown in France.

Roast beef[edit]

A roast beef sandwich

A roast beef sandwich is a sandwich that is made out of sliced roast beef or sometimes beef loaf. It is sold at many diners in the U.S., as well as fast food chains, such as Arby's and Roy Rogers Restaurants. This style of sandwich often comes on a hamburger bun and may be topped with barbecue sauce and/or melted American cheese.

Roast beef sandwiches have been a specialty of the Boston area since the early 1950s, typically served on an onion roll with optional barbecue sauce and horseradish.[3] Restaurants specializing it include Kelly's Roast Beef (which claims to be the original, having opened in 1951), Nick's, Harrison's, and Bill and Bob's.[4] In Brooklyn a small handful of establishments, beginning with Brennan & Carr in 1938, have served a variant of the sandwich, and two more directly Boston-derived roast beef restaurants opened in the early 2010s.[5]

Beef on weck[edit]

Main article: Beef on weck sandwich

A beef on weck is a variety of sandwich found primarily in Western New York.[6][7][8] It is made with roast beef on a kummelweck roll. The meat on the sandwich is traditionally served rare, thin cut, with the top bun getting a dip au jus. Accompaniments include horseradish, a dill pickle spear, and french fries.

Steak bomb[edit]

A steak bomb is a hot submarine sandwich consisting of slices of steak with salami and melted provolone cheese under grilled onions, sautéed red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, and peppered shaved steak all on a grilled submarine sandwich roll although there are other variations that include pepperoni, sliced ham, capicola, or even bacon. It is considered an offshoot of a cheesesteak sandwich. It is most closely associated with the New England region of the United States.

Other variations[edit]

In Australia a steak sandwich is made much like a traditional Australian hamburger with a piece of grilled steak or fried minute steak, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, tinned beetroot and barbecue sauce or tomato ketchup (known as tomato sauce in Australia). Cheese, a fried egg, bacon or pineapple might also be added. In some establishments the sandwich will be constructed on slices of bread, which are toasted on only one side while other establishments serve it on the same roll (bun) as is used for hamburgers. Some establishments call this a steak burger.

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  1. ^ Library of Congress Local Legacies website retrieved on 2009-04-23
  2. ^ Zeldes, Leah A (2002-09-30). "How to Eat Like a Chicagoan". Chicago's Restaurant Guide (Chicago's Restaurant Guide). Archived from the original on 2002-10-01. Retrieved 2002-09-30. 
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  6. ^ "Beef on Weck: A Locally Famous Sandwich, Upgraded". Buffalo Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "History of Beef on Weck". Food History. The Kitchen Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  8. ^ Ekfelt, Lynn Case (Spring–Summer 2003). "Buffalo's Other Claim to Fame". Voices Volume 29. The New York Folklore Society. Retrieved 10 October 2009.