Big Boy Club Sandwich copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Big Boy Club Sandwich

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Menu Description: "Slices of turkey breast with bacon, tomato, lettuce, mayonnaise, stacked on toasted bread. Served with coleslaw."

When Bob Wian invented the first Big Boy double-decker hamburger in 1937, his restaurant business went through the roof. Soon a slew of imitators hit the market with their own giant-sized burgers: Bun Boy, Brawney Boy, Super Boy, Yumi Boy, Country Boy, Husky Boy, Hi-Boy, Beefy Boy, Lucky Boy, and many other "Boys" across the burger-crazed country.

By 1985 the Big Boy statues had become a common sight in front of hundreds of Bob's restaurants around the country. This was also the year the Marriott Corporation, which had purchased Bob's from retiring Bob Wian in 1967, created a national ballot to decide whether the Big Boy character would stay or go. Thousands of voters elected to keep the tubby little tike, but his days were numbered. In 1992, Marriott chose to sell all of the Bob's Big Boys to an investment group. Those mostly West Coast Big Boys were later converted to Coco's or Carrows restaurants, and there the Big Boy went bye-bye. The Elias Brothers, a Michigan-area franchiser for many years, purchased the Big Boy name from Marriott in 1987, and today is the sole Big Boy franchiser worldwide.

The Club Sandwich is one of Big Boy's signature sandwiches, and remains one of the most popular items on the menu since it was introduced in the mid-70s.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 3 slices white or wheat bread
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 lettuce leaf
  • 1 slice Swiss cheese (optional)
  • 2 ounces deli-sliced turkey
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      Big Boy
    • Instructions

      1. Toast the slices of bread.

      2. Spread the mayonnaise evenly on one face of each slice of toast.

      3. Build the sandwich by first stacking the lettuce leaf on the mayonnaise on one slice of toast. You will most likely have to cut or fold the lettuce so that it fits.

      4. The Swiss cheese goes on next. This is an optional step since I've been served the original sandwich with the cheese, but the description of the sandwich and the photograph in the menu exclude it.

      5. On the Swiss cheese, if you use it, stack the slices of turkey. Fold over the slices and arrange them neatly.

      6. Stack a piece of toast, mayo side down, onto the turkey.

      7. On top of the toast, arrange the tomato slices.

      8. Lay the bacon, side by side, onto the tomatoes.

      9. Top off the sandwich with the last piece of toast, mayo side down.

      10. Slice the sandwich with two diagonal cuts from corner to corner, in an "x."

      11. Push a toothpick down through the center of each triangular sandwich quarter. Spin each slice around 180 degrees so that the center of the sandwich is now pointed out. Serve with French fries or with coleslaw arranged in the center of the plate of sandwich pieces.

      Makes 1 sandwich.

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Anna Banana
Mar 14, 2016, 22:00

I fondly remember this sandwich; my grandparents frequented Bob's. This is exactly how I remember it, without the cheese.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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