There are a lot of “classic” dishes on the menu at our Des Moines family restaurant that most people are familiar with without having to read the description. Even though we do put our own Wobbly Boots Roadhouse spin on them, they are still easy to recognize. (Although tremendously more delicious, in our opinion!) Although you may know what the menu item is, you probably don’t know how it became a classic. Today, we’re giving you a look at how the Club Sandwich became so very well-known.
Club Sandwich Origins
As with just about every food we delve into the history of, there are conflicting origin stories. One source states that the sandwich may have been invented by the chef at the Union Club of New York City. This is because the earliest known real-life reference was a recipe that began, “Have you tried the Union Club Sandwich yet?” The earliest reference to the fictional sandwich appeared in “Conversations of a Chorus Girl” by Ray Cardell in 1903.
Other sources swear that the Club Sandwich made its first appearance in the late 19th century in an exclusive Saratoga Springs, New York gambling club. Regardless of who gets the credit, this incredible sandwich has been spotted on menus across the United States as far back as 1899. Historically, chicken was used instead of turkey, but over time turkey won out as the more popular choice. The sides most often served with Clubs are coleslaw, potato salad, or french fries.
The Wobbly Style Club
The basic ingredients in a classic Club Sandwich consist of 2-3 slices of bread (often toasted,) turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. The Club Sandwich that is served at our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines has everything you would expect, but we don’t just stop there!
We choose to go with 2 slices of toasted sourdough bread, making more room in the middle for lots of the really good stuff! This includes turkey, ham, and bacon that has spent the perfect amount of time in our smoker to reach the peak of deliciousness. Next comes fresh lettuce and tomato slices, plus we’ve added Mozzarella cheese to ours for an even bigger punch of flavor. Last, but certainly not least, rather than using regular ol’ mayo, we add our amazing avocado mayo to the recipe.
This giant sandwich that is piled high with incredible ingredients is a lot to eat at one sitting on its own, but we simply couldn’t resist pairing it with one of our fantastic homestyle side dishes too! (Don’t worry, if it’s all too much for you, this dish makes for great leftovers!) You can choose from creamy coleslaw, gourmet potato salad, seasoned fries, cheesy corn & ham, legendary baked beans, baked potato, cottage cheese, green beans with bacon, homemade mac & cheese, or smashed potatoes & gravy. All classics in their own right!
The next time you decide to enjoy a gigantic Wobbly Style Club from the best family restaurant in Des Moines, you’ll know that this awesome sandwich has a long history with many variations, but none quite as tasty as the way we do it here atWobbly Boots BBQ! Just be warned, you need to either come hungry, bring a hungry friend to share with, or expect to be taking home a doggy bag!