In terms of its individual components, the club sandwich is as simple as it gets. All tasty, but far from lavish. And yet, there is something about this sandwich that feels truly unique.
The word "club" connotes a sense of exclusivity and lends an aura of refinement to what are otherwise humble elements, but what does it actually mean?
Examining social media, you will likely find a boring response. The term "club" has been said to stand for "chicken and lettuce under bacon."
This myth has been busted by Snopes, a reliable source, so don't take our word for it. The question is, though, from where did the name originally come?
The origin of the club sandwich name is disputed. One theory links it to 1890s double-decker club cars on American railways.
Nonetheless, the most plausible explanation is that the sandwich was first prepared in the kitchen of an exclusive members-only club
Frequently, credit is attributed to the Saratoga Club House, a fact that the city of Saratoga Springs, New York, boasts about on its website.
However, they did not introduce their club sandwich until 1894. There is one other club that appears to have been five years ahead of Saratoga.
The World newspaper of New York carried this curious blurb on November 18, 1889: "Have you tried the Union Club sandwich yet?''
It shares the name & double-meat characteristic of the sandwich we know & love today. Regardless of its history, we should be grateful that anyone can join the club today.