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Sandwich Monday: Defining 'Sandwich'

The Dunkin' Donuts Sausage Pancake Bite: not technically a sandwich.

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Many of you have rightfully noted that the various abominations we eat on Mondays do not always fit into the traditional definition of "sandwich." I'd like to share our philosophy on this matter.

For a long time, we've used The Neuhaus Rule: a sandwich is defined as protein encased in bread product. This definition allows us to explore the widest possible wasteland of cuisine.

But for the few foods that don't fit under The Neuhaus Rule, we also observe The Sandwich Draft Principle. We feel that if a food doesn't belong to any other food category (spoons made of chicken, 7-11 Chicken Batons), we can draft it onto the Sandwich Team.

If you see through these definitions as the weak rationalizations they most certainly are, or if you've got your own definition, let us know.

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