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Mar 1, 2014 07:41 AM

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

This came up recently. I say it's not, and and conferring sandwich-hood upon every snack involving bread and protein sets a dangerous precedent.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Technically, even though it really is in a class of its own.

    1. I'd call it a "pocket" since the roll is a contiguous piece of bread - much like a pita pocket.The real misnomer is the "open face sandwich" which makes no sense whatsoever.

      1. Sandwiches don't have to have protein. But yes...a hot dog in a bun is a sandwich.

        1. I'd say no. A sandwich needs to have a filling "sandwiched" between two pieces of bread. A hot dog bun is split and the dog nestles in the bread rather than being sandwiched.

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            1. re: acgold7

              I think it's more about the bread being above and below the filling, as opposed to being on each side of the filling. People don't eat a hot dog with the hinge on the side.

              1. re: calumin

                Well, you do if you are eating laying down, on your side....
                Then it becomes a sandwich.

                1. re: calumin

                  Well that would depend on how you're holding it, wouldn't it? What if you ate a sub roll with the split on top- does that make it Not a Sandwich?

                  Besides, maybe i'm awfully late to the game, but until very recently I always ate hot dogs with the split part of the bun on the side.

                  1. re: calumin

                    First, I've seen many eat a Hot dog sideways.

                    Second, does that mean a Lobster Roll is not a Sandwich.

                    1. re: fourunder

                      Correct. A lobster roll is also not a sandwich.

                        1. re: jpc8015

                          It's a sandwich. No question. But maybe this is a regional thing, with heroes and buns in some kind of different category than sliced loaves?

                          But just for example, it didn't shock me to read this

                          I'm going to edit to say: I'm not sure anyone ever orders a Lobster Roll SANDWICH, but unless it's a big house specialty you will usually find it on the sandwich portion of the menu, at least around here.

                          1. re: The Professor

                            "Getting"?????? It's passed that point days ago.....

                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                Hmmm...I think you're right.
                                It probably jumped the shark after the very first response ...which was probably the best and most sensible one. LOL

                      1. re: calumin

                        I always eat a hot dog with the hinge on the side.

                        I have never thought about this before. I may be weird.

                        1. re: jw615

                          If it is loaded with a lot of loose toppings (e.g. Chicago style), then hinge side down may be the best choice. Unless you want to smoosh the bun to wrap it around the toppings.

                          Maybe we should call that an open-faced hot dog.

                          1. re: paulj

                            It probably helps that on the rare occasion that I choose to eat a hot dog, I don't really do much for toppings. Some onion is all that I need.

                    2. re: Paprikaboy

                      "A sandwich needs to have a filling "sandwiched" between two pieces of bread. A hot dog bun is split and the dog nestles in the bread rather than being sandwiched."

                      So following that logic, is a pita not a sandwich?

                      1. re: PotatoHouse

                        A pita is a flat piece of bread, PotatoHouse.

                        1. re: knucklesandwich

                          A pita is also a sandwich made from said bread, as pictured below.

                          1. re: PotatoHouse

                            I've gotten the impression that splitting a pita and filling the pocket is an American idea. Folding a whole pita around the filling is more typical of the eastern Mediterranean.

                            "In fact, Montague was not the inventor of the sandwich; rather, during his excursions in the Eastern Mediterranean, he saw grilled pita breads and small canapes and sandwiches served by the Greeks and Turks during their mezes, and copied the concept for its obvious convenience."

                            1. re: paulj

                              I suppose it is uncommon to wrap a whole pita around a filling in the US, but it is not at all uncommon outside of the US (e.g. in the Eastern Med) to split it open and fill the pocket. I think you'll get puzzled looks (or worse) if you try to tell them they're doing things the American way…

                              1. re: DeppityDawg

                                We have both here. Y'all have Pita Pit down there right ?


                                They wrap the whole pita around the filling, like as if it was a tortilla.

                                But pita pockets are just as common:


                                A gyro is *usually* seen with the whole pita wrapped around the filling, closed up by the wax paper. If split and filled inside the pocket, I think the chance of the bottom breaking open is high, esp. if sauces are in there:


                        2. re: PotatoHouse

                          What if I split the hot dog bun in two halves (I often do) ? ;-)

                      2. Yes a hot dog is a sandwich, of which the frankfurter and bun are components; as well as the condiments, but they (condiments) are not specifically part of the definition.