As the clock ticks on Greasy Spoons Week 2013, it's time to pay homage to the club sandwich. While it's certainly not everyone's favorite, some have even called it the 'hood rat' of diner offerings, it's undeniably a classic. For the next hour, Eater will be paying homage to the triple-decker starting off with a trifecta of local wine types and their club sandwich pairings.
Jameson Fink, Wine Without Worry
Sandwich: The Tokyo Club from Tubs Gourmet Subs — honey wasabi mayo, avocado, roast beef, bacon, provolone, toasted on a baguette and topped with cucumber, lettuce and tomato.
"Though I strongly oppose calling any sandwich a 'club' that does not involve a sandwich on toasted square bread cut into four triangles held together by frill-topped toothpicks, nonetheless I have a wine for the Tokyo Club. To compliment the sweetness of the honey and contrast the spicy wasabi and smoky bacon, I'm going to recommend filling a tumbler with the slightly sweet and fizzy delight that is the Domaine Renardat-Fâche Bugey de Cerdon Sparkling Rosé. With a sandwich stuffed full of rich ingredients, some bubbles in your glass will also help revive your palate between each bite. And it's low in alcohol, which is not a bad idea since finishing the Tokyo Club will have you begging for a post-lunch nap."
"I love bacon and I love anything smoked, so the Dixon Club is the club for me. With it, I'd pair the Ardor Cellars 2012 Mouvèdre Rosé, a brand new winery out of Walla Walla. It's a bit of a fuller style Rosé, stilling showing some Mouvèdre character with flavors of smoke, spice, and black pepper. Flavorful enough to stand up to smoked meats, while still light enough to not over power the lighter flavors of turkey and tomatoes. There's even a little tangy acidity to compliment the sourdough bread."
Henri Schock, Bottlehouse
Sandwich: The Club Sub at Tat's — turkey, honey ham, bacon and swiss.
"I really enjoy the simplicity of this sandwich, but when choosing a wine, I needed something to stand up with the bold flavors featured in this sandwich. The smokey, fatty bacon, sweet ham, and the pungent swiss make it a fun sandwich to pair. The wine that came to mind was one of my favorites from Spain. Gramona Gessami, a super aromatic white wine gem from the Penedes region of northeast Spain. The blend of 50% Muscat d'Alexandria, 20% Muscat Frontignan, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Gewurztraminer, is stunning, with aromatics of sweet citrus & stone fruits. On the palette, the wine is very clean, with vibrant acidity, finishing with a unique & memorable minerality. The balanced sweetness pairs perfectly with the pungent Swiss, while keeping things fresh, not weighing you down after punishing this sandwich."