The Gatsby is basically the South African equivalent of the hoagie, but with a much classier and cooler name. It can be filled with the meat of your choice, but what sets it apart is that most places stuff it full of french fries to accompany the meat. Popular varieties include chicken, vienna sausage, and calamari.
The St. Paul sandwich is a very confused sandwich. It was said to be invented in the early 1940s in St. Louis, Missouri, but was named for its creator's hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. It consists of an egg foo young patty, pickles, white onions, mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato between two slices of white bread.
The Fool's Gold Loaf was invented at the Colorado Mine Company Restaurant in Denver, Colorado. It is made by covering a loaf of bread with two tablespoons of margarine and then baking it. Once done, it is filled with a jar of peanut butter, a jar of grape jelly and a pound of fried bacon. The Fool's Gold Load was allegedly a favorite of Elvis Presley, who had the Colorado Mine Company owners on call, so he could fly to Denver from Graceland in his private jet at a moment's notice if he had a craving. The sandwich will run you about 8,000 calories, which goes a long way to explaining a lot about Elvis' later years.
Zapiekanka is made by cutting a baguette in half, covering it in mushrooms and cheese, and meat if one desires. It's then grilled until melted, and slathered with ketchup, mustard, or both. It is a popular street food in Poland, and according to Wikipedia, it's currently popular among Polish hipsters.
Bosna is a popular sandwich in Austria. It is made by placing bratwurst sausages inside white bread rolls. They are usually spicy, because in addition to the sausage, it's topped with onions, mustard, ketchup and curry powder. They are extremely popular as a street food after a night of drinking, because nothing goes better with a stomachache from drinking than an even bigger stomachache from spicy food.
Originating in Illinois, the Horseshoe sandwich is the first open-faced sandwich on our list. Take some Texas toast, slap a hamburger patty on it, toss some french fries over that, and then drench the entire thing in a "secret cheese sauce" and you've got yourself a Horseshoe. They basically took America's favorite things and smashed them together for this one.
The Banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich. It is made with a baguette, which is sliced and filled with pork, cucumber slices, cilantro and pickled carrots. Popular condiments for it include mayonnaise and chili sauce. The origin of the sandwich is a result of French colonialism in Vietnam, explaining why they use French bread filled with traditional Vietnamese ingredients.
Our next sandwich comes to you from the streets of the Windy City. Known as the "Mother-In-Law," it is made of a corn roll tamale tucked into a hot dog bun and smothered in chili. Add your other favorite Chicagoan garnishes to solidify your status as a Bulls fan. Oddly enough, despite how distinct the sandwich is, no one is quite sure of its exact origins. Still, unlike your actual mother-in-law, you don't mind when it comes to visit.
Welsh Rarebit, also known as Welsh Rabbit, is a traditional British dish. It is prepared by melting cheese and pouring it over slices of bread. It can be further topped with any number of things, such as the spinach and egg seen here. No one is quite sure how the dish got its name, but the name goes all the way back to 1725.
A Croque Madame is a French ham and cheese sandwich that can be coated with either béchamel or mornay sauce, depending on the diner's liking. It is then topped with a fried egg. It's supposedly called a "Croque Madame" because the egg on top of the sandwich resembles an old-fashioned woman's hat. Without the egg, the sandwich is known as a "Croque Monsieur."
Sometimes the normal everyday tastes aren't enough for you. Maybe you want to push the envelope and be innovative. Such was the case with the invention of the Fluffernutter. Not satisfied with something as simple as the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the inventors of marshmallow creme first proposed combining it with peanut butter during World War I, originally calling their creation the "liberty sandwich," because nothing's more American than childhood obesity.
Primanti Bros. is a staple restaurant of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania known for its amazing sandwiches. The Primanti Bros. sandwich is served with your choice of meat, but is topped with tomato slices, cheese, french fries, and a unique coleslaw made with Italian dressing. The sandwiches are so popular that they are served in the concession stands during Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers games.
An Italian beef is another Chicago staple, consisting of thin roast beef served in a long Italian roll. The roll is also dipped in the juices the meat was cooked in. Finally, it is topped with giardiniera (a kind of relish made of pickled vegetables) and sweet peppers, and then served piping hot. The Italian beef is popular throughout the United States, having been served since at least the 1930s, and is often featured at restaurants founded by Chicagoans outside of the Windy City.
The Roti John is a popular sandwich in Malaysia. It is made by taking minced chicken, onion, egg and chili sauce and frying them up in a pan. The contents are then dumped into a baguette, and then the entire thing is dropped back into the frying pan for a bit more time. It seems like the next step would be to drop it into an actual deep fryer, but fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on the person), that's not the case.
Fried noodles are a favorite of many people, but they aren't exactly the most mobile or convenient of foods. All of those worries are answered with the Yakisoba-pan. It's a sandwich popular in Japan in which the noodles are piled high into a roll or bun, and topped with mayonnaise and pickled ginger for good measure. These are so popular that you can even pick one of up at the Japanese equivalent of 7/11.
A Francesinha was allegedly invented in an attempt to bring the aforementioned "Croque Monsieur" to Portugal. But some changes were made to the sandwich to better fit Portuguese tastes. Wet cured ham is considered an acceptable filling, but so is "linguica," a smoked pork sausage. But what really separates the Francesinha is the sauce covering it, which is actually made from beer. We're sure that has no connection with the immense popularity of the sandwich.
The Hot Brown sandwich is a specialty in the state of Kentucky. It is an open-faced sandwich consisting of ham, turkey, bacon, tomatoes, and drenched in mornay sauce or melted cheddar cheese. It's then baked until the sauce begins to brown and the sandwich starts to crisp. Its name comes from the fact that it was invented at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky in 1926.
The Monte Cristo basically sets out to be one of the most fattening sandwiches you can get in a restaurant. The standard Monte Cristo consists of ham and cheese placed in bread and then pan-frying that sucker, turning the bread into French toast. The sandwich is then topped off with powdered sugar and jelly or preserves, because of course it is.
The Chivito is one of the national dishes of Uruguay. It is served in a bun and is made up of filet mignon, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, tomatoes, olives, bacon, eggs and ham. Peppers and cucumbers can also be aded if one so desires. It was invented in 1946. Our mouths are watering just looking at the picture.
A Muffuletta is a sandwich popular in New Orleans. It was brought to the city by its Italian immigrants in 1906, and was born when they realized that, instead of eating all the ingredients separately, it would be easier to just combine them into a sandwich. It consists of mortadella, ham, salami, provolone and mozzarella cheese, and olive salad. The olive salad is made from olives, celery, carrots, and cauliflower seasoned with oregano and garlic, combined in olive oil and left to sit for over 24 hours.