The Humble Sammich



Since the beginning of time (probably) what defines a sandwich has been a serious discussion of what combination of veggies, sauces meats and cheeses belong between two delicious carb-packed pieces of bread. If you're like me, you can't go wrong with the classic cheeseburger. Find that perfect ratio of beef to cheese, add some onion and ketchup and I'm set. But others aren't as easy to please.


He asked the cook to make him something he could eat while playing, and low and behold, the first sandwich was born--

The story of the first sandwich is that Englishman John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich-from Kent county, south-east England was craving a snack during a long-winded gambling streak. He asked the cook to make him something he could eat while playing, and low and behold, the first sandwich was born-- sliced meat between two pieces of toasted bread. This piece of perfection wasn't messy and required no utensils, allowing Montagu to gamble on.


Sadly, the genius actually credited with creating the first sandwich was not recorded for posterity. In Britain the meat of choice was beef, while American's later preferred ham-this leads me to believe that any sandwich not possessing at least some type of meat should not garnish the superior title of "sandwich."


Here in the 573 region of Missouri there is no shortage of these delicious delicacies and chefs across the counties are continuing to hone their skills in what makes for the perfect sandwich.


The debate over the best sandwich has yet to be decided, but we took the liberty of giving you some pretty delicious options in 573 land. You're welcome. :)

John Boy Burger - Double beef, apple-smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, fried onions and a spicy chipotle aioli.

Restaurant: Mary Jane Burgers & Brew

Where: 102 N. Jackson Street, Perryville


Sandwich: John Boy Burger - Double beef, apple-smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, fried onions and a spicy chipotle aioli. Served with hand-cut fries and homemade ketchup. $11.00


The front of Mary Jane's is framed with big open windows that, in the springtime, provide the best breeze while patrons enjoy their lunch, but in the winter the view is nice, too. Since 2013, their deliciously flavorful sandwiches paired with a craft beer never disappoints, and Mary Jane's boasts that when possible they shop local to support the small town economy and all their burgers are prepared fresh daily using Midwest-raised cattle, no GMOs, no antibiotics and are accompanied with fresh-baked buns.

Chicken Bánh mì- A lightly toasted baguette stuffed with mayo, veggies, herbs and chicken.

Restaurant: Pho8

Where: 3036 William St, Cape Girardeau


Sandwich: Chicken Bánh mì- A lightly toasted baguette stuffed with mayo, veggies, herbs and chicken. $6.95


One of the finer gluten-free options in Cape Girardeau, Pho8's Vietnamese inspired street food is a must-visit for those who are celiac sensitive. Phở (soup) is a classic Vietnamese tradition served with rice noodles, veggies and fresh herbs. Other options are Bún, a noodle bowl, co'm, a rice bowl, and of course the famous Bánh mì, which is also available with beef, pork or veggies. Pho8 gives diners the feel of fine dining, but without the wait. While it doesn't offer full-table service the quality of the food is higher then that of your average fast-food joint, and throwing in a little cultural diversity to your meals never hurt either.

The Cuban - Smoked pork loin, smoked pulled pork, deli ham, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard, bread and butter pickles slathered in Harmon's Cuban sauce...


Restaurant: Hub's Pub and Grill

Where: 10 N. Dover St., Bonne Terre


Sandwich: The Cuban - Smoked pork loin, smoked pulled pork, deli ham, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard, bread and butter pickles slathered in Harmon's Cuban sauce between a garlic toasted sourdough hoagie pressed like a Panini. Lunch special $5.99--plus a side.


Hub's Pub and Grill started as local bar in Bonne Terre in April 2007. The full kitchen was added in 2012 and since then the menu has only expanded. Harmon joined Hub's team last April and is excited to start introducing some of his own creations to the menu. In addition to being non-smoking and having a separate family-friendly dining area away from the bar, Hub's provides weekly live entertainment every Saturday night.

BBQ Combination Sandwich - Sliced pork shoulder smothered in homemade pimento cheese with their homemade bbq sauce


Restaurant: Wib's Drive-in