Following a recent dope-slap from the gods, a change of heart you might say, my interest in matters chow-ish is suddenly a good deal more theoretical. Or perhaps voyeuristic, as I find myself haunting sites like HollyEats, gazing moist-eyed at endless photos of deep-fried hot dogs, $12 lobster rolls, and half-pound burgers with fried egg, chili, cheese, and onions. Chow as porn. A chance link from Holly's site to KQED's A Sandwich You Will Like page tracked me into the marvelous diversity of regional sandwich specialties. And after reading about the spiedies of Binghampton, and the in-your-face overstuffed sammies of Pittsburgh, I wondered, "What we got HERE?" Is there a specialty sandwich here that's recognizably regional? One that's unavoidably Bay Area? Even a sandwich-analogue, like the lowly pita pocket, or the lemming-like "wraps" (another English word misappropriated and spoiled). Just as long as it's unique, and it's ours.
Or hey, make one up, then get somebody to sell it. Traditions are what works.