America’s Best New Sandwich — The Luther
Where can you find the best new sandwiches in America? Endless Simmer just named the top 10 and these are not your ordinary club sandwiches with a new sauce or bacon double cheeseburger with a funny name. If you love food and got dough to travel, check out the list and get your itinerary ready. At least two of two if the sandwiches are in Philadelphia.
If you’re only interested in the best new sandwich, you can meet me here in DC to try out “The Luther.”
What is it? Even after reading the description I can’t imagine what this thing tastes like. Chicken and bacon between some donuts topped with nuts? And glazed in maple-chicken jus? What is jus?
It takes some chutzpa to reinvent what Endless Simmer has already called the best drunk food in America, but chef Kyle Bailey is not afraid. Named for its alleged creator, Luther Vandross, the original Luther sandwich consists of a bacon cheeseburger wedged between two halves of a Krispy Kreme donut, but that now seems rather simple in comparison. At ChurchKey, a house-made brioche donut is glazed in savory maple-chicken jus and topped with warm pieces of oven-baked pecans. While that sounds like a meal already, the brioche is cut in half and stuffed with a hunk of buttermilk fried chicken and wedges of applewood smoked bacon. Perhaps realizing that serving these daily would be a public health hazard, ChurchKey’s Luther is somewhat of a speakeasy sandwich; unlisted on the menu, it’s available only by request on Sundays, from noon to 8 p.m.