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The Most Popular Sandwich From Every Decade

What sandwich was in your lunchbox as a kid? Take a stroll through time with us as we eat our way through the most popular sandwiches through the years.

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1900s: Club Sandwich

1900s: Club Sandwich

While the exact origins of this famous sandwich are debated, most agree that it first became popular at Private Men’s Clubs at the turn of the century.

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1910s: Curried Egg SandwichesTaste of Home

1910s: Curried Egg Sandwiches

The desire for exotic foods and flavors in the 1910s led to the creation of this tasty sandwich. Who would have guessed that Americans in 1910 realized curry and eggs were a fantastic combination?

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1920s: Po'Boy Sandwiches

1920s: Po'Boy Sandwiches

This southern staple became popular in the 1920s when Benny and Clovis Martin, owners of Martin Brothers Grocery, served up these tasty sandwiches free of change to striking streetcar workers in New Orleans.

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1930s: Breadless SandwichesTaste of Home

1930s: Breadless Sandwiches

Despite becoming popular during the Great Depression, breadless sandwiches were created to be fancy, not thrifty. Often presented as elegant rolled hors d’oeuvres, these “sandwiches” were highly popular among upscale diners during this decade.

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1940s: Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

1940s: Sloppy Joes

Originally called “loose meat sandwiches” in the 1930s, these saucy sandwiches reached their height of popularity in the 1940s thanks to ground beef’s accessibility and affordability.

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1950s: Monte CristoTaste of Home

1950s: Monte Cristo

Regarded as a simple variation for France’s Croque Monsieur sandwich, America’s Monte Cristo was first served in the 1950s in Southern California and quickly rose in popularity.

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1960s: Fast-Food Chicken SandwichTaste of Home

1960s: Fast-Food Chicken Sandwich

It shouldn’t come to a surprise that we can thank Samuel Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, for the Chicken Sandwich’s popularity in the 1960s. He opened the very first Chick-fil-A in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall in 1967 and the rest is history.

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1970s: GyrosTaste of Home

1970s: Gyros

The gyro rose to prominence in New York City during the 1970s when it was marketed as a new fast food option to adventurous eaters who were looking for something different to eat at lunchtime.

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1980s: Veggie BurgerTaste of Home

1980s: Veggie Burger

Created by London-based natural-foods restaurant owner, Gregory Sams, his recipe for a plant-based burger patty revolutionized burger menus in the 1980s and paved the way for veggie burger brands like Gardenburger and Boca Burger.

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1990s: Panini SandwichTaste of Home

1990s: Panini Sandwich

Popular in Europe for centuries, these tasty grilled Italian sandwiches didn’t catch on in the U.S. until the 1990s when trendy cafes and bistros started adding them to their menu as a new, hip food offering.

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2000s: Sliders

2000s: Sliders

Even though White Castle did it first decades earlier with its 5 cent burger, it wasn’t until around 2007 when chefs turned the slider into a whole new dining experience by offering creative, upscale options for modern diners.

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2010s: Avocado ToastTaste of Home

2010s: Avocado Toast

Despite their rising prices, avocados became the “it” food this past decade. Previously only thought of for guacamole, today it’s hard to visit any cafe or restaurant without seeing some delicious adaptation of avocado toast on the menu.

Lauren Habermehl
Lauren Habermehl is a recipe developer, food photographer and creator of the blog, Frydae. She is a prolific quoter of FRIENDS, lover of weekend DIY projects and procrastinating fitness enthusiast who enjoys exploring the Milwaukee-area with her husband, daughter and ugly mutt named Tyson Doodles.

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