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Anthony Bourdain Has Settled the Hot Dog Question Once and For All

Anthony Bourdain, on June 2, 2016 in New York City.
Mike Pont—Getty Images Anthony Bourdain, on June 2, 2016 in New York City.

No, it is not a sandwich

In recent years, there has been heated debate around the age-old question: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Finally, we have an answer from someone who ought to know. In a Reddit AMA on Tuesday, a fan posed the question to celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. “I’ve noticed this question coming up again and again,” he wrote. “No. I don’t think it’s a sandwich. I don’t think a hamburger is a sandwich either. The fact that it’s in between bread–the bread is a delivery system, a ballistic delivery system. It is not a classic sandwich, in my view.”

“I mean,” he continued, “if you were to talk into any vendor of fine hot dogs, and ask for a hot dog sandwich, they would probably report you to the FBI. As they should.”

Hear ye, hear ye: Let it be known that on this the 20th of September, 2016, Anthony Bourdain has ruled decisively that a hot dog is not a sandwich.

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