My hometown paper, The Burlington Free Press, is running a contest for a new, unique-to-Vermont name for sandwiches. They claim most Vermonters now call it a grinder (which I dispute, it was always a sub for me growing up).
The suggestions, such as “champ, “groundhog” and “sammy” are uninspiring to say the least. The reason, of course, is that the premise behind this contest is supremely moronic. Vermont has enough unique stuff about it already. Trust me, I know, because I don’t shut up about Vermont…ever.
What makes us think we’re so special we must now have our own name for a sandwich that no other state uses? God forbid we say sub like the flat-lander masses outside our great state.
However, this did get me thinking about the way we describe sandwiches in different parts of the country. I always said sub myself, and I despise the terms grinder and hoagie.
The Wikipedia entry on submarine sandwiches outlines some of the different terms and the region they are associated with:
Grinder: Mid-west, New England, Riverside, California
Hero: New York, Northern New Jersey
Hoagie: Philadelphia, South Jersey, Baltimore
Po’ Boy: Gulf coast, particularly around New Orleans
Wedge: Associated with various parts of NY such as the Bronx and parts of Long Island. Also used in Westchester County and Northern NJ
Italian: Maine (even if it’s not an Italian sandwich)
Quite the variety, which means it’s time for a So Good readers roll-call.
What would you call a sandwich defined as such: Salami, ham, prosciutto, capicola, mortadella, provolone, sliced tomatoes, red onions, shredded lettuce, sweet and hot peppers, sliced cucumbers stacked on Italian or French bread and seasoned with oil and vinegar, salt, pepper and perhaps a dash of oregano?
UPDATE: Have food obsession issues like I do? Check the Wikipedia page on sandwiches, and read up on sandwiches at The Food Timeline. Nothing says “I love sandwiches” like reading about them in your free time.