Anchor Debate Series | Hot Dog: Sandwich or Not?

For our Anchor Debate series, the writers of The Anchor bring you perspectives on popular arguments in our society. This week, Ethan Bromley takes the controversial stance that hot dogs ARE sandwiches. Be sure to subscribe to the Anchor for next week’s update from a writer who will argue that they are NOT sandwiches.

The Argument FOR: By Ethan Bromley

Though the common opinion may project otherwise, a Hot Dog is, in fact, a Sandwich, both by definition and by right. 

What is the definition of a Sandwich? By the dictionary definition, a Sandwich is “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.” Although a Hot Dog bun may not resemble a common slice of bread, it is undoubtedly a split roll. 

One may argue that, as an only partially sliced piece of bread, a Hot Dog does not fit into the mold of “sandwich,” however, sandwiches have been made, and continue to be made, with two connected pieces of bread. A Philly cheesesteak, a meatball parm, are definitely sandwiches. Even some Subway sandwiches aren’t split through completely. Therefore a Hot Dog, with a similarly sliced bun to these sandwich icons, fits the sandwich definition completely.

Throughout its history, a Hot Dog has not been given the same label, the same respect, even, to its fellow American food brethren. Labeled separate from the common sandwich, a Hot Dog is considered by many to be a lesser meal to other American staples. Think of a Ham & Cheese. Think of a PB&J. Think of the divine Cheeseburger. What do these all have in common? They are labeled as sandwiches in our country, and are respected as such.

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Now think of a Hot Dog, the step-cousin of these classic American dishes. Although it may be tasty, it has never held the same respect and divinity of its peers, constantly nicknamed and bullied.

They make fun of it. They laugh at its unique shape. They call it “glizzy,” among other names. FRANKly, I consider it discrimination. The Hot Dog holds the same definition and right as its American brethren as a staple in the common household, and to be blunt, I’m done saying otherwise. A Hot Dog is a sandwich, and it deserves to be respected as one.