A Dagwood sandwich is a tall, multi-layered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments. It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches. According to Blondie scripter Dean Young, his father, Chic Young, began drawing the huge sandwiches in the comic strip during 1936.[1]


Though the exact contents of Chic Young's illustrated Dagwood sandwich remain obscure, it appears to contain large quantities and varieties of cold cuts, sliced cheese and vegetables separated by additional slices of bread. An olive pierced by a toothpick or wooden skewer usually crowns the edible structure. "Dagwood sandwich" has been included in Webster's New World Dictionary, and "Dagwood" (referring to the sandwich) has been included in the American Heritage Dictionary.[2]

Products and restaurants

  • In 1951 businessmen Bob Weiler and Art Lang opened a Dagwood-themed restaurant in Toledo, Ohio with hopes of establishing a national chain. They had not licensed the Dagwood name and were ordered to stop using it by King Features.[3]
  • A Dagwood Diner (spelled "Dag-Wood") operated in Ann Arbor, Michigan until 1971.[4]
  • Dagwoods Sandwichs et Salades is a Montreal submarine sandwich chain established in 1989.[5]
  • Assorted lunch meats featuring Dagwood have been sold at grocery stores. In May 1999, a counter-service restaurant named Blondie's opened at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure, serving a traditional Dagwood-style sandwich. Blondie's bills itself as "Home of the Dagwood Sandwich." The exterior displays a 20-foot plastic Dagwood sandwich over the entrance.[6]
  • Denny's in the early 2000s offered their breakfast dagwood;[7] it was over a thousand calories worth of food.[8] It was later removed from their menu.
  • King Hall at the United States Naval Academy often features a "Dagwood" Sandwich spread in their menu rotation consisting of various deli meats and cheeses.
  • Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppes, a Blondie-themed restaurant chain founded in 2006, has franchise locations open in Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, and Georgia as of January 2012.[9] The chain struggled financially and never reached the growth anticipated by its founders.[10] The Dagwood is sold as a 1.5-pound sandwich.[11] The Dagwood sandwich served in the Dagwood Sandwich Shoppes stacks these ingredients: three slices of deli bread, Genoa salami, ham, pepperoni, turkey, cheddar cheese, provolone, lettuce, tomato, roasted red bell peppers, banana peppers, red onion, deli mustard, and low calorie mayonnaise.[12]
  • Cincinnati-based chain Penn Station East Coast Subs refers to its "create-it-yourself" sub as a Dagwood. A customer may include up to five meats, and any combination of available condiments and vegetables.[when?]

Dagwoods are also a popular sandwich in South African takeaway (fast food) restaurants and roadhouses, both in small streetside stands and larger chains such as Wimpy's[13] or Kota Joe's.[14] A South African dagwood is usually made with three slices of toasted bread with a hamburger patty (or two), along with lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg. Other common accoutrements may be added and the beef patty may be substituted for savory mince reminiscent of an American sloppy joe, but it seems to be the fried egg and double-decker nature of the sandwich that characterizes a South African dagwood.


A Blondie comic strip depicting a Dagwood sandwich

See also


  1. ^ "History of Dagwood Sandwich". Whatscookingamerica.net. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  2. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 2000.
  3. ^ Mary Alice Powell (27 November 1990). "Dagwood Diner part of Toledo's restaurant history". Toledo Blade. 
  4. ^ Dave Wilkins (30 July 1992). "Fleetwood Diner gets cooking again". Ann Arbor News. 
  5. ^ http://www.dagwoods.ca/home/
  6. ^ Hillibish, Jim (June 1, 2011). "Make Mine a Gagwood". The Repository. Canton, Ohio. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. 
  7. ^ Michael F. Jacobson; Jayne Hurley; Center for Science in the Public Interest (6 May 2002). Restaurant Confidential. Workman Publishing Company. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-7611-7886-6. 
    "Denny's Annual Report" (PDF). annualreports.com. Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc. 2000. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Michael F. Jacobson; Jayne Hurley; Center for Science in the Public Interest (6 May 2002). Restaurant Confidential. Workman Publishing Company. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7611-7886-6. 
    Annette B. Natow; Jo-Ann Heslin (26 December 2007). The Cholesterol Counter: 7th Edition. Jo Ann Heslin. p. 647. ISBN 978-1-4165-0985-1. 
  9. ^ "Find A Shoppe". Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppes. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Maze, Jonathan (May 2008). "Developers of Dagwood's Sandwich sue for fraud". Franchise Times. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "A sandwich shop Dagwood would love". Boston.com. Associated Press. November 24, 2006. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppes". Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ User, Super. "#MakeTime Wimpy". www.wimpy.co.za. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  14. ^ "Kota Joe Roadhouse Classics". www.kotajoe.co.za. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 

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