May 24, 2019

Is a hot dog a sandwich? My simple answer; yes. Now allow me to dive deep and explain how I came to this conclusion. 

This all started with a post from Kennedy on Facebook (credit where credit is due)

And it got me thinking. First, we must acknowledge that there are different types of sandwiches. There are subs and paninis. Neither are called sandwiches but I think we can all agree they are. Then you have grilled fish sandwiches, grilled chicken sandwiches and so on. Now these have the word sandwich in their name because it would mean something entirely different to say, "I'm going to have a grilled chicken" or "I'm going to have a grilled fish". But when someone says, "I'm going to have a hot dog", we all assume it will be on a bun. That's just the way it is. Speaking of the bun, lets examine it.

They look awfully similar to sub rolls to me...

I think another issue is that people who say a hot dog is not a sandwich answer from an intellectually dishonest place, with the reasoning that a sandwich is only ingredients between two slices of loaf bread. While that is the fundamental sandwich, subs and paninis that we discussed earlier debunk that argument. I would even go as far as to argue a cheeseburger is a sandwich. The only difference between a cheeseburger and a grilled chicken sandwich is the meat in the middle. I guess my argument boils down to this; sandwiches come in all shapes and sizes and a hot dog meets the criteria to be included. Perhaps we can solidify it's home in the sandwich class by saying "I'm going to have a hot dog sandwich" the next time we scarf one down. Feel free to add any points of few in the comments (I'm sure I missed some) and try to change my mind.