Classic Sailor Sandwich Sailor Sandwich with fries
Served at the New York Delicatessan, West Cary St., Richmond, VA (Carytown neighborhood) for most of my life. But on August 15, 2005 the following appeared in the RiverCity Rapids blog: 'The New York Delicatessen, a Carytown institution for nearly 70 years and the avowed birthplace of the Sailor sandwich, will close its doors Aug. 30 [, 2005]. Owner Ken Boettcher says the restaurant has been sold to some Washington, D.C., restaurateurs. The deli’s most famous menu item is the Sailor that Boettcher says was invented there in 1943. A man returning from service in World War II invented the odd combination himself and always ordered it. After a while, staff just began to call it “the Sailor’s sandwich.”'


  • 2 slices rye bread, toasted or grilled
  • 2 oz thin sliced pastrami
  • slices of Swiss cheese equal in size to bread
  • 1 Knockwurst, skin removed, split long ways
  • Mustard on the side

Grill slices of pastrami and split knockwurst just long enough to warm up. Place pastrami ramdomly on top of both toasted slices of rye bread. Place slices of Swiss cheese in a single layer atop pastrami. Place split knockwurst longways on top of cheese. Place entire sandwich is hot oven for 2 minutes, or until cheese melts. Serve immediately with brown mustard on the side.

Best when served with a cold side item such as potato salad or cole slaw.

Basically a "heart attack on a plate". Finding low fat versions of the meats and cheese would help, but let's face it... 20 minutes prep and cook for a single sandwich
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