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Pastrami? Reuben? Patty Melt? What is in a name?

JeetJet | Feb 5, 200910:37 PM

A recent tread on the LA Board about “Patty Melt The Best” brought to my attention that although we may all use the same name when talking about a special type of sandwich we may not all mean the same thing when using that name. I think the problem is serious and we need to have a reasonable standard for what is, and what is not. This problem might have been averted, for example, there were supposed to be fifteen Commandments but Mel Brooks dropped the third tablet and for all we know Commandments XI through XV might have made clear what is, and is not. I propose we do our best, based on our daily experiences and our Divine Right as Chowhounds, to fill-in the five missing laws. This is a first draft but please feel free to edit some Americana Twenty-first Century Enlightenment as you feel is needed.

Commandment XI, Thou shalt not make thy Pastrami sandwich wth anything that is not Jewish Rye Bread or deli mustard.

Commandment XII, Thou shalt not have try Reuben sandwich with anything other than grilled rye bread, corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing.

Commandment XIII, Remember that a Patty Melt is made with two thin beef patties stacked slightly off center to fill both ends of the grilled rye, two slices of American or cheddar cheese, and grilled onions.

Commandment XIV, You shall show steadfast love for thy double-decker Club Sandwich made with three slices of white toast, turkey on the bottom layer, and bacon, lettuce, and tomato on the top layer with mayo spread all throughout, cut into quarters -- each held together with cocktail sticks.

Commandment XV, ???

Hey, also, what city are you from?

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