Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich

Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich

Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich

It seems like an irrelevant question, but it's very important to know the answer because there are a lot of people who serve hot dogs and sandwiches. In fact, there are a lot of hot dog retailers and sandwich shops who will tell you that there are actually seven sandwiches and two hot dogs. So, here are all seven sandwiches, two hot dogs, and the term sandwich-approved stores.


According to Merriam-Webster, a sandwich is "two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between." By that definition, hot dogs seem to qualify as sandwiches. Many people argue, though, that while the hot dog technically fits the dictionary definition of a sandwich, it's simply not a sandwich. It is its own thing.

Feltman's hot dog was resurrected five years ago when brothers Joe and Michael Quinn started Feltman's of Coney Island. Armed with the original Feltman's recipe and spice blend, which was handed down to them by their grandfather who received it decades ago from a friend and former Feltman's employee, they set out to bring the original hot dog back to New York. (Source: www.allrecipes.com)


This brings us naturally to the biggest red herring of the sandwich debate – the open-faced sandwich, which, via an intentionalist approach, is not a sandwich at all. The open-faced sandwich is a plate-bound horror, largely dependent on utensils and usually drenched in a humiliating amount or variety of sauces, that, if eaten by hand, make your face look like the aftermath of a hollandaise bombing in a farmer's market. That an open-face sandwich is named sandwich makes it a sandwich as much as calling the team the "New York Giants" makes the New Jersey-based games played in New York. If we're going to give open-faced sandwiches whatever vaguely inappropriate appellation we want – and not something more physically descriptive of their splayed form, like "glutenated lunch vaginas" – we might as well come closer to the truth. As my friend Chareth Cutestory (a pseudonym) once said before security dragged him kicking and screaming away from a city council meeting, "AN OPEN-FACED SANDWICH IS A PIZZA!".

When civil revenue is involved, the debate of whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich becomes astronomically more important. To elaborate on this claim, we must first consult the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) for the definition of a sandwich. According to the NYSDTF, sandwiches “include cold and hot sandwiches of every kind that are prepared and ready to be eaten, whether made on bread, on bagels, on rolls, in pitas, in wraps, or otherwise, and regardless of the filling or number of layers. A sandwich can be as simple as a buttered bagel or roll, or as elaborate as a six-foot, toasted submarine sandwich” (Department of Taxation and Finance). The official sandwich list offered by the NYSDTF includes “hot dogs and sausages on buns, rolls, etc” (Pomeranz, 2013). (Source: iujur.iu.edu)


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