An ode to the delicious ‘normal’ sandwich

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Abrown bun with cheese or a white bun with ox sausage: once so boring, but back with a vengeance. We all crave ‘normal’ sandwiches again, without poached eggs, avocado and other frills. Entrepreneur Ginny Ranu started a search on Instagram, Marc-Marie and Aaf found something about it (in their podcast) and now we are also diligently looking for ordinary sandwiches at the Culy editors.

That’s why: the tastiest ‘normal’ sandwiches in a row.

Ordinary sandwiches

Tartar sandwich at Eetsalon van Dobben

Since 1945, Eetsalon van Dobben on the Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat has been a household name when it comes to the ordinary sandwich. In the heart of Amsterdam you will also be greeted the Amsterdam way and everything will be done the Amsterdam way. How does that work?

If you want to experience the Van Dobben  experience  , choose a seat at the bar. If you want a little less attention, go somewhere else in the business. Make your choice from the extensive yet simple menu and order. The tinkling of the white saucers is music here and the sandwiches are flying around your ears. Do you want something to drink? You will see many people drinking a glass of milk, but – don’t worry – they also have other (soft) drinks.

Hard, soft, white, brown, butter or without? Everything is possible. But everything stays nice and simple. Recommendations? Culy’s Martine dreams of eating rosé and tartare sandwiches for 24 hours in the dining room, but the Van Dobben croquette, warm sausage and fricandeau sandwiches are also literally to eat.

Sandwich from then in Haarlem

An old coffee house on the Gedempte Oude gracht in Haarlem has been transformed into the cozy Broodje van Toen . In the past only the workmen ate their sandwich in the coffee house, nowadays everyone can do that. The interior has been adjusted to 2022, but the sandwiches are still from then. Pickled meat, a ball from the gravy, young cheese or a half-round sandwich: everything is possible.

But, keeping up with the times, there are also sandwiches of today with hip names like the Veggie-Wich with sweet potato, grilled bell pepper, spinach, parmesan cheese and walnut pesto. Something for everyone!

Currant bun with cheese from Scheiwijk gas station

It is the culinary gas station in the Netherlands and we admit that we have made a detour for it. Where your gas station break is normally characterized by a filled biscuit, a Mars or prepackaged sandwiches, Scheiwijk has a different cake. They show that eating along the road can be delicious.

In addition to their extensive range of delicacies, homemade cakes and richly filled sandwiches, they also win a prize for the ‘normal’ sandwiches. Balls or hard tips with roast beef, pistolets with old or young cheese and even a currant bun with cheese adorns the menu. And all this along the A27!

Well invested at Boer Geert in Zaandam

At Boer Geert in Zaandam they have understood the sandwich business. If you look at the menu online, your mouth is already watering. Excessive sandwiches such as a ciabatta with spicy chicken schnitzel or a pistolet “Steak Mokum” with thinly sliced ​​tender beef in a marinade of fresh garlic, herb butter and mushrooms.

Fortunately, farmer Geert also understands the simple sandwich trade very well. They have a pistolet with slices of ox sausage of at least a centimeter thick (a must), a half-round sandwich where the meat almost falls out and of course an eel sandwich and other fish classics. Boer Geert is really an address for a detour or a visit to Zaandam.

Joop’s sandwiches in Enschede

The balls are not only well invested in Amsterdam and the surrounding area, they can also use them in Enschede. At Joop’s sandwiches you will find a whole range of simple but perfectly filled sandwiches. On the menu, next to sandwiches, burgers and soups, no frills, but just bread and spreads as it is.

Here you can eat cumin cheese, tartare (and tartare special) and casserole rib or cervelate. The classics such as an ox sausage and roast beef sandwich round off the menu and also make Joop’s Broodjes in Enschede a perfect place for a quick scoop for lunch!

More ordinary sandwiches

With the four addresses above you may already come a long way, but the Netherlands has many more sandwich shops where they understand the power of simplicity. Pay a visit to the sandwich houses below, choose your sandwich and enjoy!

  • Knight’s butcher shop in Alphen aan den Rijn
  • Hannibal on the Ferdinand Bolstraat in Amsterdam
  • Daan sandwich in Amsterdam West
  • Nobels in Dordrecht
  • Butcher shop de Leeuw in Amsterdam
  • Hergo at the Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam
  • Dungelmann butcher shop in The Hague
  • The Seagull at the Meeuwerderweg in Groningen

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