Build a Sandwich and We'll Guess Where in the U.S. You Live

By: Raj Chander

Build a Sandwich and We'll Guess Where in the U.S. You Live
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About This Quiz

Believe it or not, the invention of the sandwich may have been the product of a bad royal habit. John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was fairly controversial. He was accused of bribery and corruption, and many of his military decisions were questioned.

The Earl also loved him a good card game. Legend holds that at some point during his 18th century time in power – probably in the 1760s – Montagu was putting in a marathon session at the table and didn't want to take time away from the game to eat. He instructed his servant to place the meat he was being served in between slices of bread so that he could eat while playing. Over time, his gambling partners observed this habit and began emulating it with their own meals, calling for their meat to be prepared "like Sandwich has it."

Of course, historians debate whether this origin is a real story or a folk tale – some argue that the Earl simply wanted to be able to eat without stopping his work. Either way, by the time the American Revolution broke out, the sandwich was an established meal in England. In fact, it wasn't until well into the 1800s that the sandwich earned significant popularity in the States, as newly-free colonists still associated the food with their previous rulers.

Luckily, that trend changed, and the sandwich is now enjoyed all over the country. In fact, each region has its own distinct spin on this classic dish. Answer the questions below, and we'll guess where in the U.S. you are enjoying your sandwich!

Here's your chance to settle a long-running debate: is a hot dog a sandwich?
Does it matter? I don't like hot dogs much anyway.
No, it's a hot dog!
I'm not sure, probably?
Yes, definitely.

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What kind of fruit or vegetable is a must-have for your sandwich?
Tomato
Fried onions
Avocado
Red peppers

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The presentation can sometimes be a big part of a sandwich's appeal. How should your sandwich be presented to you?
On a plate
In a to-go container
Wrapped in aluminum foil
In a bag

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You can't have a sandwich without bread. What's your favorite loaf?
Focaccia
Italian
Rye
Sourdough

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Some love them, some hate them – do you want pickles on your sandwich?
Yes, definitely
I prefer no pickles.
Yes, with plenty of other vegetables
Either way is fine.

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In some areas, sandwiches are served in generous portions. Do you usually eat the whole sandwich in one sitting?
I'll save half for later.
Yes, I often eat on the run, so there's no point saving it.
I'm taking my time and eating the entire thing.
Depends on my mood and location.

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There are so many wonderful settings for sandwich eating. Where's your ideal environment to chow down?
At a sporting event
On a porch
On a hike
At the family table

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How long should it take to make a great-tasting sandwich?
Closer to an hour, because I'm probably cooking for multiple people.
As quickly as possible
At least 30 minutes – I never rush.
About 15 minutes

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Which of these would be your main ingredient for a sandwich?
Thin-sliced ribeye steak
Fried chicken
Mushrooms
Turkey breast

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Many people like to order sandwiches to save themselves the cooking time. Which of the mainstream sub-franchises is your favorite?
Quiznos
Subway
Which Wich
Blimpie

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Sandwiches are typically a main dish, served with something else. What's your ideal sandwich side?
Soup
Noodles
Potato chips
French fries

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They can be served at all sorts of temperatures – do you like your sandwiches hot or cold?
Hot, for sure
I can enjoy both types.
Cold
Warm but not scalding hot

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It's considered one of the most popular sandwich toppings with younger generations – how do you feel about avocado on your sandwich?
Eh, I'll pass.
It's fine, but not a must-have.
I love it!
I might try it, but it's not a regular thing.

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A zesty sauce can take any sandwich to the next level. What's your dressing of choice?
Mustard
Vinaigrette
Ketchup
Mayonnaise

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Many sandwiches are served on rolls – what's your favorite kind of roll?
Potato roll
Hard roll
Ciabatta roll
Kaiser roll

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Some sandwiches can get a bit messy. Do you prefer eating sandwiches with utensils, or your hands?
My hands are easiest.
Utensils
Depends on where I am.
I mix it up and use both.

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Would you rather have a sandwich made at home, or pick it up from a store?
I like to eat it in a restaurant.
It's easier for me to just pick it up.
I'd rather make it at home with my family.
Wherever I get it from, I like to eat at home.

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Any meal is better with a tasty beverage. What are you having to wash down your sandwich?
Iced tea
Coke
Juice
Root beer

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Believe it or not, this trend is popular in some areas – would you ever put chips on your sandwich?
No, I don't eat chips.
Sure, why not?
No, chips are a side.
I'd try it.

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Many restaurants offer both of these foods – do you prefer sandwiches or pizza?
I like both.
Always pizza
Depends who I'm with.
Sandwiches

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One significant regional characteristic of sandwiches is what they are called. Which of these names are you most likely to use for a sandwich?
Sub
Wrap
Hoagie
Grinder

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The U.S. isn't the only country that loves sandwiches. Which of these is your favorite international sandwich?
Croque Monsieur
Doner kebab
Torta
Banh mi

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Lots of great sandwiches are made based on cold cuts. What's your favorite?
Bologna
Salami
Turkey breast
Ham

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Who do you know personally that makes the best sandwiches?
My mother
My grandmother
My sherpa
The guy at the corner deli

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What is the best way for your sandwich to be cut?
In quarters
In half straight
I prefer mine uncut.
In half diagonally

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You just got done eating a sandwich – what are you most likely to be doing next?
Spending time with family
Doing something active like hiking
Dozing off on a recliner
Going back to work

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Lettuce is another classic element of a great sandwich. What type of lettuce is your favorite?
Romaine
Cabbage
Arugula
Butter

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Cheese is the perfect topping on a sandwich – what's your cheese of choice?
American
Swiss
Bleu cheese
Cheddar

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Sloppy Joe is an example of a sandwich known for going everywhere. Do you prefer your sandwiches neat or messy?
Neat so that I can eat it quickly
Somewhere in the middle
Neat for daytime, messy at night
The messier the better

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We think they are great for any meal, but what time of day are you most likely to eat a sandwich?
Morning
Evening
Late morning
Mid-day

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