11 Sandwiches Named After Famous People

Celebrities use their names to sell everything from perfume to prepaid debit cards. So it was only a matter of time before money-minded entrepreneurs got in on the action. In the sandwich business in particular, superstar names are de rigueur. New York’s legendary Stage Deli, which closed its doors after 75 years in late 2012, regularly honored its most illustrious patrons with namesake sandwiches (Clint Eastwood, Adam Sandler and Katie Couric are among the inductees).

Here are 11 other sandwiches named after famous people.


1. The Scott Baio

With 150 items on the menu, not every sandwich on the vast menu at Lioni Italian Heroes in Brooklyn can be a winner (we’re not sure who’s ordering the Joe Paterno, for example). But hometown teen idol-turned-reality TV staple Scott Baio was thrilled to have his moniker tacked on to one of these Italian gut-busters (above, courtesy of Savor Everything). Unsurprisingly, cheese is a main ingredient in his namesake sammy; homemade mozzarella is layered with prosciutto di parma, sopressata, banana peppers, basil and a dollop of balsamic vinegar.

2. The Anna Kendrick

When it comes to staying power, the bold-faced wieners at Hot Doug’s—Chicago’s self-described “sausage superstore and encased meat emporium"—are a bit like ’80s boy band Menudo: temporary. Case in point: The “mighty hot” Anna Kendrick… which has formerly been known as the Keira Knightley, the Jennifer Garner, and the Britney Spears. This is not to be confused with the “mighty, mighty, mighty hot” Brigitte Bardot (which has also been called the Salma Hayek, the Madonna, the Raquel Welch, and the Ann-Margret).

3. The Woody Allen

Celebrity sandwiches have come and gone at New York City’s Carnegie Deli: in 2012, they introduced The Jetbow, a 3.5-pound meat monstrosity (corned beef, pastrami, roast beef), to welcome Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. One year earlier, The Melo—pastrami on rye topped with salami, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Russian dressing—was assembled in honor of then-newbie Knick Carmelo Anthony. But The Woody Allen, a.k.a. The Broadway Danny Rose, is a towering mess of corned beef and pastrami—named after the 1984 movie Allen filmed at the 76-year-old eatery—that could very well outweigh the pint-sized writer/director himself.

4. Justin Timberlake’s Soup & Thai Sandwich

Self-promotional chow is the last thing you’ll find at Southern Hospitality, Justin Timberlake’s Hell’s Kitchen barbecue joint. But that hasn’t stopped the fun-loving minds behind video sharing site HooplaHa from cooking up the Soup & Thai Sandwich, a JT-themed meal you can prepare at home (just make sure you’ve got some ramen noodles, BBQ ribs, bok choy, cornmeal, and peanut sauce handy).

5. The Hugh Hefner

Hollywood is alive and well six hours north of Los Angeles, where deli sandwich paradise Heimerhaus is serving up more than 30 familiar names between two pieces of bread. The Burt Reynolds is suitably manly and chock-full of roast beef, ham, and peeled egg, while the Hugh Hefner (also appropriately) has got a handful of breast: turkey and ham with chutney and jack cheese.

6. Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedy Special

Any sandwich shop with a jar of peanut butter and a fresh banana lying around might be tempted to make some variation of Elvis Presley’s favorite snack, and New York City’s Peanut Butter & Co. makes a delectable one (grilled peanut butter, banana and honey, which can be ordered with or without bacon). But it takes a serious PB connoisseur to impress Jerry Seinfeld enough that he’ll share his personal favorite recipe—and let you trademark it. Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedy Special is an open-faced bagel sandwich, toasted then topped with peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon.

7. The Mark Zuckerberg

Mr. Bartley’s has been dishing out freshly ground burgers to Harvard co-eds and other smart Bostonians for more than 50 years. Its menu of 30 tongue-in-cheek patties poke fun at local and global celebrities, politics, and pop culture happenings. The Mark Zuckerberg is the restaurant’s gastronomic take on the “richest geek in America,” with Boursin cheese and bacon and a side of sweet potato fries.

8. The Spitzer

Any deli that proudly proclaims it has been “Raising New York’s Cholesterol Since 1929” isn’t afraid to cross PC boundaries. Following former governor Eliot Spitzer’s epic fall from grace in 2008 after his penchant for $1,000-per-hour prostitutes became public knowledge, Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop renamed one of its classic combos The Spitzer: hot tongue on rye.

9. The Gertrude Stein

Famous-name sandwiches are about the only traditional thing you’ll find at Austin’s Schmaltz, a Jewish deli with a couple of twists: it’s located in a trailer behind a bookstore, and it’s mostly vegan but all vegetarian—yes, even the Reuben. The Gertrude Stein is a particularly sophisticated option, made with goat cheese, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, sweet pickled onions, cucumbers, avocado, and micro-greens.

10. The Al Gore

Eco-warrior Al Gore’s love of all things green inspired the turkey sandwich at Two Bears Deli in Grand Rapids, Michigan; it’s crammed with mixed greens, feta cheese, dried cherries, and walnuts in a tomato wheat wrap.

11. The Alfred Hitchcock

Old-school lunch spot Fritzankotter’s Sandwich Factory in Huntington Beach, California promises “unusual sandwiches and, of course, the standbys” from a menu divided into 10 sections, categorized by protein and each given the name of a world-famous figure (some of them fictional, like Archie Bunker, and many of them now passed away). The only mystery surrounding The Hitchcock is how the Master of Suspense managed to inspire such an anticlimactic roster of ingredients: ham and provolone, smeared with mustard and served on a French roll.

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From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

A chart showing the top slang words in each state
20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]


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