Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? A Great American Debate Has Ignited
National Sandwich Day may be officially behind us, but a great question still lingers: Is a hot dog a sandwich?
While this debate is certainly not new, it has been reignited in recent days after sports reporter Jonah Javad Tweeted a conversation he had with Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor about the subject, in which Taylor vehemently rejecting the notion of a hot dog as a sandwich.
The debate in the team’s locker room raged on, with players making valid arguments like “If it has bread and meat, then it’s a sandwich,” and counterarguments: “You can eat a hot dog cold. I used to eat hot dogs plain, no bun.”
Fair point. If there’s no bun, is it still a hot dog? Perhaps, yes. But, for the sake of the argument, let’s assume we aren’t watching our carb intake here and that the definition of a hot dog includes a bun. Is it then a sandwich?
Let’s examine this more scientifically. Merriam-Webster defines a sandwich as “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.” Under this definition, with the inclusion of the split roll, yes, a hot dog is definitely a sandwich. (And for you sticklers, open-faced sandwiches are accounted for in the “B” definition).
But let’s be real here — we are talking practical, every day usage. For more insight on this, we will turn to our friends on Twitter, where many are outraged at even the thought of a hot dog being a sandwich.
Some users say no, because, menus.
The Atlantic took the debate more scientific, creating the “four-point sandwich test,” in which the hot dog’s vertical orientation excluded it from sandwich status.
But most people say no, because, just, no.
…and others are just plain over it altogether.
Iron Chef and resident PEOPLE blogger Alex Guarnaschelli, whose opinion we greatly admire and trust greatly, also weighed in on the debate, saying it is a sandwich.
So where does all this debate leave us? Confused. Frustrated. Hungry. Please talk amongst yourselves in the comments.