The story behind the Earl of Sandwich chain sounds too surreal to be true. The men behind it are none other than the actual 11th Earl of Sandwich and his son, direct descendants of the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, the 18th century Brit who famously asked for his meat to be put between two slices of bread so he could eat supper with one hand while continuing to play cards with the other. As everyone knows, this purported act created the universally known foodstuff now named after him. The present-day Montagus have parlayed that legend into a steadily growing fast-food empire with the help of a Planet Hollywood founder who’s coincidentally also named Earl. It is perhaps more interesting to consider the circumstances leading up to the birth of the chain back in 2004 at Disney World than the sandwiches themselves, which despite the prominent “The World’s Greatest Hot Sandwich” sign displayed outside of the newest Downtown Disney store in Anaheim, is just kind of okay. The tuna melt is an exception. It’s one of its most satisfying sandwiches, possessing the correct proportion of mayo-dressed tuna salad and melted Swiss to answer the girth of the bread.
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