Remember the great Massachusetts Fluff Debate? Well, once again, Massachusetts has its finger on the pulse of key legal issues: the great sandwich debate has kicked off a flurry of news concerning the critical question of whether or not a burrito is a sandwich, a decision that is going to court for a judge to decide. But that’s okay, the judicial system in Massachusetts is unclogged, right? Nothing going on with gay marriage, taxes, security, or say run of the mill violent crimes or robberies.
But I decided I’d bite (pun intended) and ponder the burrito as a sandwich question; who says that such an issue can be overanalyzed? I mean we’re talking about whether or not Q’Doba gets mall space with Panera accusing them of harboring sandwiches on their menu (a violation of their exclusive sandwich rights in the mall), and that’s important stuff.
Sandwiches used to be stuff (peanut butter, lunch meat, cheese, meatloaf, meatballs, cucumbers, bananas . . . well, just about anything edible) between two pieces of bread. Then we started getting a lot of different bread choices, and that made things more challenging for the makers of sandwiches, for the general public who might order a sandwich, and for the people responsible for deciding what is or is not a sandwich.
Is a crossainwich a sandwich? A hamburger? Wikipedia lists a pizza puff as a sandwich, is it? Does that make a Hot Pocket a sandwich? What about a wrap? Personally, I think it’s the public acceptance of wraps as sandwiches that has created the hub bub over buritos (tacos, while I wouldn’t call them sandwiches, are more sandwich-like than buritos, in my opinion).
Well, okay, that’s not what I really think: I think that money, greed, and the desire to circumvent monopoly laws are what is causing this hub bub: Panera does not want any competition in the mall. Period. And that is just ridiculous. Next thing, they’ll have the Chinese restaurants thrown out because egg rolls are “sandwiches” or the pizza places because some people fold over their slices, creating in effect . . . sandwiches.