What? One of Jim's favorite sandwiches of all time. To make this venerable classic, Beard instructed the assembler to spread crisp toast (white bread only please!) with homemade mayonnaise, top it with freshly cooked, sliced chicken breast, bacon, peeled, ripe tomatoes, and iceberg lettuce. Although a triple-decker sandwich is the norm today, Beard considered the third slice of toast a "horror" and suggested in American Cookery that the responsible party be condemned "to eat three-deckers three times a day the rest of his life." Various sources say the sandwich (alternately called a Clubhouse) was created in the kitchens of private men's clubs, in the club cars of American passenger trains, or at the Saratoga Club, a turn-of-the-century casino in upstate New York. Whatever its origins, the sandwich was well established by 1941 when America's Cookbook gave a detailed recipe (and six variations) specifying that the lettuce extend beyond the toast's edge and that the sandwich be served while the toast is toasty.
When? October 4, Michael Smith, 27 Standard, The Jazz Standard, NYC