i’m old enough so that my exposure to sandwiches was limited to:
- deli sandwiches-
i.e. corned beef, pastrami, on rye bread served with pickle. mustard (guldens) available on the side.
2) luncheonette sandwiches–
normally, only the BLT and the tuna were served with mayo
or, if an experimental adult would cooperate
3) meatball sandwiches with red sauce
i had no exposure whatsoever to “creative” sandwiches.
going to sandwich shops in manhattan that served “creative” sandwiches was simply not in the cards for me. my family went to manhattan for “fancy” dinners. other than than we stayed in queens or brooklyn
my exposure to a “california” sandwich occurred when i moved to san francisco and saw cheese and/or mayo being put on virtually everything.