Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

hot dogs Are hot dogs sandwiches? (dinnercraft/flickr)

Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful, dives into the heated debate over whether hot dogs are sandwiches. He’ll also talk about the finer points of both foods—his trip to Hot Doug’s in Chicago and the engineering that goes into what making a great sandwich.

Dan Pashman is hosting a Twitter chat about sandwiches at 1:30 pm on July 24. His Twitter handle is @TheSporkful. To join in, use #notasandwich.


Dan Pashman

Comments [13]

Pashman is wrong that you can sever the hotdog bun without fundamentally altering the hot dog structure. Anyone who has ever eaten a hot dog in a severed hinged bun knows that it is a totally different, and less pleasurable experience.

This leads to the sandwich criteria they all omitted: the contents of the sandwich must rest on top bread and be covered by bread on top. A hot dog, which is surrounded by bread on the sides by does not meet this criteria. This will work with all your dilemmas: tacos, folding a slice a bread, pizza, etc.

Jul. 27 2014 12:22 PM
Sandwich Constructionist from New Jersey

People commenting who are angry about the fact that this was brought up on the radio must not have much of a sense of humor. This was a comedy bit designed to promote the sporkful podcast.

There is a lot of heavy news going on lately, so it's nice to take a step back from that to listen to a rather humorous debate about the nature of sandwiches.

Jul. 24 2014 03:49 PM
Andrea from Philadelphia

I take issue with the "hinge" argument, whereby a hot dog bun can be turned into two slices of bread. Because the hot dog is rounded and especially because it is usually accompanied by moist, if not outright wet, toppings, it is very difficult to get the hot dog to stay between two separate pieces of bread, which is, no doubt, why the bun was invented.

Jul. 24 2014 01:26 PM

"Let it heal on its own"

Jul. 24 2014 01:24 PM
ann in NYC from manhattan

very boring

Jul. 24 2014 01:21 PM
leo from chicago from Chicago

Please tell whoever that a 'chicago' hotdog may or may not have all those extras you mention. I tend to order mine with just chopped onions, picket, a touch of relish and mustard.

The only general rule which your guest apparently never picked up is that you cannot put ketchup on a hotdog! How could he miss this?

Jul. 24 2014 01:19 PM
Fred from Queens

These endless food discussions are a bit much. What a complete waste of time and stupid discussion. Time to turn the radio OFF.

Jul. 24 2014 01:17 PM
Carlos from Brooklyn

Is it Hipster Appreciation Day today?

Jul. 24 2014 01:17 PM
Brian Piper from CT

Hot Doug's is closing in October... so sad

Jul. 24 2014 01:15 PM
John Sealock from Manhattan

Act 14 of this episode of This American Life is a fascinating story of when Chicago's Vienna Beef hot dot plant moved uptown, and something was wrong. Spoiler Alert: Happy ending.

Jul. 24 2014 01:10 PM
ann in NYC from Manhattan

What happened to the "d" in sandwich? Drives me crazy!

Jul. 24 2014 01:10 PM
Jose from Queens

This is the mother of all dumb arguments. Tell your quest to get a life.

Ever since there was bread people have been putting stuff in it. Call it a fire hydrant for all I care. It just needs to be delicious.

Jul. 24 2014 01:09 PM
John Sealock from Manhattan

Celebrate with a dog, then a wiener, then braut, then a
then a frankfurter,
then a boaster,
then a dog,
then a frank,

then a red-hot,
then a Georgia hot,
then a crowd-pleaser,
then a flaunter,
then a foot long,
then a grandstander,
then a hotshot,
then a pigs in a blanket,
then a redhot,
then a showboat,
then a weenie, or, if you must, a tofu dog.

Jul. 24 2014 01:08 PM

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