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The Tale of the Monte Cristo Sandwich

If you ever had the pleasure of indulging in a Monte Cristo sandwich for breakfast or brunch, you understand just how great the experience is. This classic favorite effortlessly combines the best of both sweet and savory elements, creating a culinary masterpiece that will leave your taste buds craving more. However, when it comes to the sandwich’s origin, there are a couple of theories. That’s why this month at Stow Cafe, we’re diving in to explore the history of one of our favorite foods, and we’ll let you decide which one sounds the most interesting!

The Art Behind the Sandwich

Before we get into the theories, it’s important to know all the ingredients that come together to make this excellent creation. At the heart of the Monte Cristo sandwich lies the artful layering of ingredients. Typically, slices of ham, turkey, or chicken, along with Swiss or Gruyère cheese, are sandwiched between two slices of bread. This savory core is complemented by a touch of sweetness with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup!

Theory One: Literary Inspiration

One theory suggests that the sandwich was named after the novel as a way to pay homage to the story. “The Count of Monte Cristo” is an adventure novel filled with intrigue and indulgence. With its rich ingredients and flavorful combination, the sandwich may have been seen as a fitting culinary representation of the novel’s grandiosity. 

Theory Two: The Monte Cristo Hotel

Another theory links the sandwich’s name to the Monte Cristo Hotel in Everett, Washington. According to this theory, the sandwich was created and popularized in the hotel’s dining establishment. This lead to the name of the sandwich being after the hotel itself!


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It’s worth noting that these theories are speculative, and the exact origin of the Monte Cristo sandwich’s name remains uncertain. However, it is evident that the sandwich has become a classic and beloved item on many menus, regardless of its naming origins. Whether you’re looking to stop in to enjoy a Monte Cristo sandwich or our other delicious food options, we invite you to stop in for a bite! For more information on what we offer at Stow Cafe, check out our online menu. We look forward to seeing you!

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