Hot Dog!

Franks and Wieners get their names from the cities of Frankfurt, Germany and Vienna, Austria (Wien, in the local language). Each had a particular type of sausage. Frankfurt’s were all pork, Vienna’s were a mix of pork and beef. Hot sausages in bread were served during royal coronations in Germany back to the 13th century, so it’s an old fast-food.

Fast-forward to late 1800s America. Lunch wagons become popular on college campuses, called “dog wagons” since they looked like the dog-catcher’s wagon. The Kennel Club lunch wagon at Yale gets its own bit in the Yale Record humor magazine about biting a “dog” in a bun. Boola Boola!

Today’s Quick Bite

The Sandwich: According to writings from the time, the sandwich got its name from John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, a British nobleman in the 1700s. One story says that he loved playing card games and wouldn’t get up to eat. He’d ask the servants to bring him cold meat between two slices of bread. Then, other folks would ask for “the same as Sandwich!” The other story is that he was such a hard worker (he served in the government) that he’d eat at his desk rather than leave his work.

I like the first story better.








Image By Ollie Palmer. Original image A mezzotint print of the noble earl engraved by Valentine Green, after Johann Zoffany, published 30 August 1774. [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons