Posted: Jan 29, 2006 11:07 pm
Growing up around D.C., the cheeseburger sub was a fairly commonplace item. Most sub shops had it on the menu. It's exactly what it sounds like; usually three or four burger patties on a sub roll, covered with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Like a real long cheeseburger.
When I moved away to Wisconsin, I was shocked to discover that the cheeseburger sub is actually a regional specialty and not available anywhere in the midwest. In fact, it is not available anywhere in the mid-south either, except Yums. Interestingly enough, Yums is a D.C. chain of korean owned take-out joints, specializing in fried rice, fried chicken, egg rolls, and subs; the cheeseburger sub being among the most popular. In D.C., these establisments are found exclusively in the hood.
A 2002 article in the Washington City Paper about Yums revealed that the Yums in Memphis has no connection to the ones in D.C. It turns out that some enterprising immigrant was inspired by the D.C. Yums chain, took their name and their menu, and opened one in Memphis on South 3rd Street, thus introducing the cheeseburger sub to Memphis.
Fortunately for me, New Orleans being a city of culinary geniosity, the burger po-boy is a mainstay on the menus of lunch counters throughout the city. Unfortunately, it is a rare occasion to find a place that doesn't use nasty dried out frozen burger patties, but my life is an eternal quest to find the best one.