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And the winner is..........

'Fat Darrell' Crowned As Best Sandwich

Aug 18, 10:37 PM (ET) NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -

It started early one morning in 1997 after a night of partying, when Darrell Butler was a Rutgers University sophomore with little money and a craving for chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and french fries. Now the "Fat Darrell" has been crowned the best sandwich in the country by Maxim magazine. Maxim's September issue, which lists the top 10 sandwiches, hits news stands Tuesday.

Fat Darrell - named for its caloric content, not Butler, a 160-pound physical trainer and aspiring actor - was conceived as a way to save money by combining the creator's variouscravings on one bun. "Separately, they would have cost me, like, $12.75, and I was on a college budget," Butler, 26, of Eatontown, told The Associated Press. He combined all three foods into a single order.

"So, I'm standing there eating it, and all of a sudden the guy standing behind me says, 'That thing that guy's eating looks pretty good, can you make me one of those?' And, it was like a movie scene, the next 10 people order the same thing. So, I'm like, 'Whoa!' like
I think I might be onto something. And the guy is like, 'Hey, man, this is cool.'"

That guy who assembled the sandwich was Abdul Eid, working in an R.U. Hungry food truck, parked in a campus lot in New Brunswick, catering to beer-soaked undergraduates with the late-night munchies. Eid now runs R.U. Hungry Grill & Pizza, a store he was able to open in part due to the success of the $4.75 Fat Darrell, the flagship of R.U.'s "Fat" line. "I have the 'Fat Mojo,' which is exactly the same thing as the 'Fat Darrell,' but with honey mustard instead of marinara sauce," said Eid, 34, a native of Beirut, Lebanon.

Maxim's runner-up was "The Nuke," an artery blocker at the Staggering Ox in Helena, Montana, that combines ham, roast beef, turkey and three cheeses.

Laura Gilbert, a Maxim senior editor, said the Fat Darrell's inception was a factor in its top ranking.
"It just has that element of drunken ingenuity that our readers like," she said. The magazine caters to young professional men.
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    BT
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 01:28:25 (permalink)
    All this hype and they don't tell us what's in the thing. By implication it's chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries and marinara sauce, but somehow I don't think that's the whole story. I mean what kind of bread for G-d's sake. Inquiring minds NEED to know.
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 02:40:10 (permalink)
    If you want to see a picture (though I don't think you actually want to) it is at: http://apnews.excite.com/image/20040818/BEST_SANDWICH.sff_NJDH101_20040818195102.html
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 03:44:12 (permalink)
    I'm unimpressed by the apparently machine-shredded lettuce, unripe tomato and underbaked bread in the picture.
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 04:36:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by BT

    I'm unimpressed by the apparently machine-shredded lettuce, unripe tomato and underbaked bread in the picture.


    Yes, but think how easy this would be to make at home! And think of the personalization that could go into it... you could use the best of everything and turn it into a masterpiece of gastronomy!
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 06:06:32 (permalink)
    Masterpiece of gastronomy? Have we lost the definition of gastronomy?
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 06:40:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by lleechef

    Masterpiece of gastronomy? Have we lost the definition of gastronomy?



    Not if the definition begins with gas.
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 07:26:23 (permalink)
    I would rather eat a lutefish sandwich (and my doctor would be happier)!" />
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    TJ Jackson
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 08:16:21 (permalink)
    Ah, I had forgotten the gastronomic expertise represented by the writers and editors of Maxim, truly one of the great foodie journals of our time.
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 11:47:18 (permalink)
    This all seems suspicious. Well, coming from a quality magazine like Maxim, that's not surprising.

    That "sandwich" doesn't even look appetizing. It looks like a bunch of crap on a bun.

    My cat could come up with more creative sandwiches than that.
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 11:55:33 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Kristi S.

    This all seems suspicious. Well, coming from a quality magazine like Maxim, that's not surprising.

    That "sandwich" doesn't even look appetizing. It looks like a bunch of crap on a bun.

    My cat could come up with more creative sandwiches than that.


    My cat did. We called them hairball subs.
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/19 12:18:30 (permalink)
    Make it a real coronary experience, take all the ingredients (except the bun), wrap them up in a sheet of dough and deep fry the whole thing!
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/24 15:51:14 (permalink)
    if thats the best sandwich in town--id hate to see what else those folks are eating!!!
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/08/24 19:39:24 (permalink)
    In defense of Maxim (?!), they do also include Schwabl's, Acme Oyster House, Kreuz Market, Philippe the Original, and C&K Barbecue offerings on their list, which is at:
    http://www.maximonline.com/grit/articles/article_5957.html .

    NOTE: This is very much NOT FAMILY-FRIENDLY, but it probably is work-safe.
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    RE: And the winner is.......... 2004/12/22 20:56:11 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Hiram Callahan

    In defense of Maxim (?!), they do also include Schwabl's, Acme Oyster House, Kreuz Market, Philippe the Original, and C&K Barbecue offerings on their list, which is at:
    http://www.maximonline.com/grit/articles/article_5957.html .

    NOTE: This is very much NOT FAMILY-FRIENDLY, but it probably is work-safe.


    I was just at Schwabl's today -- got there at 10:30 and had to wait 30 minutes until they opened. Went there for the first time. Mentioned that Roadfood brought me there -- carver also mentioned the Maxim honor. Sandwich was deee-licious ...
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