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A well-balanced meal. If it wasn't, it'd fall over.
"I'm gonna need a bigger mouth."
Dean Winchester, Supernatural, "Changing Channels"

You know, those ludicrously tall sandwiches that a Big Eater makes. Often in Western Animation a common gag will be for a character to distend his jaw like a snake and swallow it whole, only for it to expand and leave his neck in the shape of the towering sandwich. Another possibility is for a character to take two or more already made sandwiches and 'shuffle' them together like a deck of cards, creating this. Yet another is to make the sandwich and then just as implausibly squeeze it down to a more normal size and then eat it; the Dinner Deformation mentioned above is optional here.

As the page image demonstrates, these often have an olive and toothpick in the top, ostensibly to hold the massive stack together. In animation, (Garfield, notably) the sandwich will be consumed in one gulp without removing said toothpick, since the character's mouth can get as big as it needs to be. Needless to say, don't try that at home.

The name is commonly believed to have originated with Dagwood Bumstead from the newspaper comic strip Blondie (1930), the character being famous for making a sandwich by filling an entire, long bread stick often referred to as a French Loafnote  with various ingredients, hence this trope can also apply to ridiculously long sandwiches as well as to ridiculously tall ones.

Related to Satiating Sandwich. Also known as Sandwich Tower.


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  • A '70s Cola-Cola ad depicts a (relatively mild) example incorporating Thanksgiving leftovers.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Episode 13 of Steam Detectives has Narutaki order one. He has to squish it down to the size of a normal sandwich and eat it in one bite when he sees the cat he's been looking for the whole episode.
  • Food Porn series Toriko has the Toriko Burger. It's so tall that Toriko has to dislocate his jaw just to take a bite.
  • In Eyeshield 21, during a team selection meeting at a fast food joint, Rikiya Gaou orders a towering 40+ patties hamburger... then proceeds to discard the buns and lettuce.

  • Mitch Hedberg talked about how New York deli sandwiches are piled much too high with lunchmeats, with the results looking like "a cow with a cracker on either side":
    Cashier: Watcha gonna have?
    Mitch: A pastrami sandwich!
    Cashier: Would you like anything with that?
    Mitch: Yeah. A loaf of bread, and some other people!

    Comic Books 
  • Played for Laughs in Alan Ford, where former Nazi Doktor Kreuzer makes a sandwich so full of ingredients they promptly pop out of the slices when he tries to bite it. Then this happens over his console, which causes him to push a button that accidentally turns his boss in a Human Popsicle, while trying to recover the ingredients.
  • Fantastic Four: Benjamin J. Grimm loves these.
    • A memorable issue of Fantastic Four Adventures involved The Inhumans' giant teleporting dog Lockjaw stealing a cartoonishly enormous sandwich of Ben's, then getting indigestion and uncontrollably teleporting the team to random locations all over the world for the rest of the issue until his tummy felt better.
  • Archie Comics:
    • Jughead Jones made one of these. He was unhappy to learn that it was too big to fit in his mouth.
    • In another comic, he sprains his jaw trying. Generally, he goes for many small sandwiches instead of honking big ones though.
    • In yet another comic, he built a Dagwood Sandwich, then realized he couldn't fit it in his mouth, so he disassembled it and rebuilt it as a six-foot long sub.
  • One Titeuf gag has the eponymous pre-teen and his friends eating at a fast food restaurant selling such sandwiches. Titeuf's friends eat their sandwiches one layer at a time, but Titeuf brags about taking a full bite of it. He ends up projecting the sandwich's contents on one of his friends when trying to take a bite.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dagwood Bumstead of Blondie (1930) is the Trope Namer, although Dagwood originally created a ridiculously long sandwich rather than a ridiculously tall one by using a long loaf often called a French Loaf. Later, he began to build tall sandwiches as well. The term has entered the English language, as per the Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. He was once shown using a hand drill to take out the center of one of these... and then inserting a frankfurter into the center as a dowel.
  • Garfield occasionally has these.
    • One strip features a ridiculously tall sandwich falling on Jon. Another time he made a horizontal one that went all the way across the street.
    • In an April Fool's strip when the creators of Blondie and Garfield switched places, Dagwood made one of these sandwiches and said that "Making sandwiches is an art and I am an artist". Then Garfield showed up and ate it while claiming to be "a patron of the arts".
  • Peter from FoxTrot, being a Big Eater, has made several such sandwiches. One is dubbed "The Leaning Tower of Peter". Peter once spent an entire Sunday strip making another one.
  • There's a Zits comic out there where Jeremy unhinges his jaw to eat one of these.

    Fan Works 
  • In Chapter 3 of Discworld Sandwiches by BaronVonChop (which, as the title suggests, is about various Discworld characters having sandwiches) the wizards are making sandwiches for an expedition into L-Space, which, Discworld wizards being what they are, means "elaborate piles of food they were stacking between tiny slices of bread". Ridcully points out that the initial aim was for the sandwiches to be portable. (His own creation is just as large but easier to carry; he began by taking a whole loaf of bread and slicing it horizontally.)
  • In The Years Before Love Andromeda's daily lunch is a sandwich with ham, cheese, tomato and so many different green vegetables that it looks like it's going to fall over when left unattended.
  • In Harry Potter: Frost Fire Harry and Susan make foot-high sandwiches for themselves before the adults enter the kitchen and call them on it.
    Amelia: Sonofa... Susan, what have I said about making sandwiches larger than you can bite into?!
    Susan: To... split it in half and share it?

    Films — Animation 
  • In Frozen, Anna and Kristoff randomly show up in the middle of Olaf's dream sequence for "In Summer" holding these, and they both look outright confused as to why they are even doing this.
  • In the "All the Cats Join In" segment of Make Mine Music the soda jerk seems to make one (complete with toothpick and olive), but it's really a stack of sandwiches that he slides down the counter so everyone can take one (leaving the last guy with only the toothpick and olive).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Mentioned by name in sci-fi children's book adaptation Zathura. The visiting astronaut immediately ransacks the main characters' fridge upon being rescued, and although the sandwich he makes isn't ludicrously huge, it's still pretty sizable.
  • Rosencrantz makes a more reasonable one of these in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It's still too big for him to eat, though, since his mouth won't open wide enough.

  • In Robert A. Heinlein's Glory Road, Oscar mentions how he creates a "Dagwood" and offers a bite to a pretty girl at a party.
  • Heinlein also has characters enjoying "Dagwood" sandwiches in The Number of the Beast and To Sail Beyond the Sunset.
  • In the Honor Harrington short story Miss Midshipwoman Harrington, Honor makes one of these while on a break. Unfortunately, an alert forces her to report to the bridge before she can eat it.
  • The 1981 picture book The Biggest Sandwich Ever by Mort Gerberg. Two children join a bearded man in making a giant sandwich. It is indeed giant, requiring cement trucks to put butter on the giant bread, airplanes to drop meat and cheese, etc. The three characters even eat it all up!

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Brady Bunch: In "Welcome Aboard" — the episode that introduced us to Cousin Oliver (both the character and concept) — Greg is building one of these to eat, when Oliver tries (too hard) to help with the ketchup.
  • Supernatural:
  • Lizzie McGuire. Gordon made one of these out of boredom. He gave up trying to eat it as soon as he realized his jaws couldn't stretch like that.
  • Parodying the recent trend of restaurant sandwiches that replace the bread with full meals in and of themselves, The Colbert Report had a grilled cheese sandwich where the bread was replaced with grilled cheese sandwiches, ad infinitum, to create what he called "The Mobious Melt": an infinity symbol made of grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • On That Mitchell and Webb Look, one of the "party planners" sketches about how fictional characters would behave if you really had them over had the couple complaining about Shaggy and Scooby-Doo ("He treats that dog like it's a person! It's creepy!") and included pulling a leftover giant sandwich out of the fridge and saying it's cruel to feed this kind of thing to a dog.
  • On Man v. Food, though Adam has encountered a few of these, he's only had one as a challenge once (Des Moines, Iowa's Adam Emmenecker Sandwich Challenge).
  • On TV Colosso, a man made the world's tallest sandwich and would show it on television but two network employees ate so much of it the remains weren't taller than a regular sandwich.
  • In the ITV Saturday Morning Kids’ Show No 73, the daring, dazzling, delectable, delicatessable, dangerous, death-defyingly dull Sandwich Quiz kept score with these. Every time a contestant got a right answer they added another filling and slice of bread to their plate.
  • The Electric Company (1971): Deconstructed in that the ingredients are actually given for "our delicious and sandwich": "ham and cheese and tomato and bacon and lettuce and baloney and cream cheese and celery and chopped meat and soy sauce and coleslaw and meat loaf and pot roast and olives and tuna fish and turkey and shrimp and corned beef and peanut butter and liverwurst!" Subverted in that the customer doesn't want it because it doesn't have salami!
  • Fuller House: Kimmy builds one after she sees the boys playing Jenga.
  • There is an episode of Sesame Street where Telly tries to create such a sandwich after being told you can put almost anything on a sandwich.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: In one episode, Ned brings a "Dagwood" for lunch, marveling everyone around him, including a kid who asks him for just one bite... That one bite becomes enough for him to devour the entire sandwich.
  • A burger themed episode of Guy's Grocery Games had several of these crazy concoctions. The winners were the Billionaire Burger Boyz, two portly dudes running a food truck out of Los Angeles. They made an utterly insane surf and turf burger featuring lobster. When they were invited back to the show, they reprised said burger to the amusement of the judges.
  • Taskmaster: For the Create an exotic sandwich task in "Tony Three Pies", Mel opts for a multi-decker sandwich with ingredients including Nutella chocolate spread, chocolate orange slices, various chocolate bars, M&Ms, Maltesers, and marshmallows. She describes the end result as a "Japanese pagoda" of a sandwich. She then had to eat it, and failed to finish it. She also ended up with an M&M up her nose.

  • The Ultimate Sandwich from the Ninja Sex Party song of the same name is five feet high and three feet wide, and "as dense as an anvil". It's served with a five-gallon bucket of Ranch Dressing on the side. It's topped with quantities of chicken, ham, clams, panther, bear, duck, bacon, tomatoes, Carolina Reaper peppers, lettuce, and yams represented by terms such as "fuck-load" and "explosion". Unsurprisingly, nobody can eat the whole thing in one go and live (probably because it was literally invented by a demon of gluttony).

  • This Springbok jigsaw puzzle.
  • The children's board game Silly Sandwich involves building one of these. When you land on a fridge space you get to add an item to your "sandwich", while landing on a puppy or kitten space makes you lose an item.

    Video Games 
  • A food item (called "Dire Sandwich") in Dungeons of Dredmor.
    This sandwich is of great stature; it has unmanned better heroes than you. Dare you feed on its glory?
  • Team Fortress 2: The Medic is seen gifting the Heavy one in a promotional Christmas card.
  • It's implied that some of the sandwiches an Avatar of Boris can demand in Kingdom of Loathing are of this type. In particular, the Club Sandwich is called such because you flatten it with a club before eating it.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV has this Burger Shot commercial for the Heart Stopper six-pound burger.
  • Persona 5 has the Big Bang Burger challenges which pit your character versus an increasingly improbably-sized burger. The first one resembles one of the real life examples below, and it just goes from there- the final burger is nearly the size of Joker's torso. Morgana comments on how just watching you eat makes him feel full.
  • Pokémon Scarlet and Violet gives players the ability to create their own sandwiches, so naturally, some players try to exploit it to get some sandwiches like this. However, it’s surprisingly tough to balance the ingredients on the bread, so chances are, that the ingredients will just topple over before the sandwich becomes too big.
  • One boss microgame in WarioWare: Smooth Moves requires you to put down the Wii remote and wait as a multitude of ingredients fall onto a sandwich. You must pick up the remote as soon as the top piece of bread lands or you will fail.
  • The "Lunch Break" minigame from Fisher-Price Big Action Construction allows you to create such a sandwich, even with non-food items like hard hats and hammers!
  • The mobile phone game Sandwich! is a puzzle game where you build one of these by flipping one component onto another to make an ever-growing stack of ingredients.
  • The "hot dogs" which Shaggy and Scooby make during Episode 2 of Scooby-Doo! First Frights. They hardly even resemble hot dogs due to the number of toppings (and the fact that they are topped with bread rather than buns).
  • The Lilo & Stitch: The Series Flash game 625 Sandwich Stacker has you, playing as sandwich connoisseur Experiment 625/Reuben, try to build the biggest sandwich possible to score more points. However, the taller your sandwich gets, the more it sways, making it harder to catch more food and dodge yucky items.

    Web Animation 
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: Vivi and Mystery each make themselves ridiculously tall sandwiches topped with an olive in the kitchen of the creepy haunted mansion they were just running through, neither get a chance to figure out how to stuff them in their mouths though as they're interrupted by the resident ghost chasing Arthur through the kitchen and most of their food ends up splattered on the skeletal specter.
  • Homestar Runner: The Strong Bad Email "fan club" has a gag where Strong Bad walks past a door carrying a sub sandwich that just keeps going and going for about six feet, until the other end comes into view being held up by The Cheat (who had previously been sitting in on the meeting of the Deleteheads).

    Web Comics 
  • Being a Big Eater, Monica of Wapsi Square has been known to eat these.
  • Scandinavia and the World: Denmark's smørrebrød. Humon notes, however, that what's in the sandwich is just as important as how tall the sandwich is; America's normal-sized hamburgers are a level of filling comparable to smørrebrød, and an American meal for one can comfortably feed two Scandinavians.

    Web Original 
  • DOB's Toilet-Bombing Heart-Molester.
  • Dagwoods are officially recognized as a type of sandwich by Wikipedia, hosting it on both its own article as well as a mention of it on their List of Sandwiches article. In specific, the Other Wiki defines it rather broadly as any sufficiently tall multi-layered sandwich with a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments.
  • One r/AITA (Am I the Asshole?) post had a guy get yelled at because he ate three feet of a Party Sub (as the name suggests, a sub sandwich meant to feed a whole party) by himself. The consensus was that yes, he was, because it was meant for everybody and he ate about half of it. Worse yet, he finished it.

    Web Videos 
  • The Amazing Atheist and his Slaughterhouse, which consists of a KFC Double Down wedged between a Wendy's Baconator.
  • Epic Meal Time has made a few in the past.
  • Brad Jones highlighted one in his Brad Tries... series called the McGangbang: a McDonald's McChicken sandwich (the whole thing, bun and all) put between the beef patties of a McDouble cheeseburger.
  • Achievement Hunter constructed the "Monster Mac" out of several McDonald's Big Macs, Mac Jr.'s, Grand Macs, and Chicken McNuggets.
  • On The Hydraulic Press Channel, Lauri attempts to put one of these in his press to make it small enough to eat. It actually works, with him even remarking the crushed sandwich is quite good.
  • Binging with Babish: Babish actually attempted Bubble Bass's infamous "Double Triple Bossy Deluxe on a Raft". However, the twenty-four patty tower collapses under its own weight, forcing the sandwich to be rebuilt as six 4x4 burgers.
  • Downplayed on Joshua Weissman's "...but Better!" series, which has him do this with a reverse-engineered Big Mac, which manages to stand many times taller than it's namesake despite still only being a double-decker sandwich, simply by virtue of being made with wholesome store-bought ingedients, such as home-made buns. He also did a philly cheesesteak sub (in another feature, titled " Home!") that's about the size of a baby, out of an entire baguette sliced lengthwise, and massive ammounts of steak, cheese, and onion. Dagwood would be proud.
  • Feast of Fiction made a few fictional examples IRL, such as the Utimeatum note  and the Death Sandwich note  from Regular Show. Both are predictably honking big. They also did the Vegan Cheesesteak (another size-of-a-child example) and the El Burdigato Supremonote  from Teen Titans Go!.

    Western Animation 
  • Scooby-Doo and Shaggy both enjoy these (but don't confuse this trope with Scooby Stack). In many of the newer cartoons, however, these sandwiches never contain meat, since voice actor Casey Kasem (who provided his voice to Shaggy) became a vegetarian and insisted that all his characters eat vegetarian, too. (Although it wouldn't be terribly out-of-character for Shaggy anyway. In early cartoons he would eat hamburgers, tacos, and pretty much anything else, meat or veggie.) Interestingly, Kasem's favorite kind of sandwich was apparently eggplant. After Matthew Lillard took over the role, Shaggy would occasionally eat ham sandwiches.
  • Tom of Tom and Jerry also eats them on occasion.
  • Sealab 2021 had a good example of this, with Stormy miraculously making one underwater after fixing a submarine in near-freezing temperatures.
  • Happened to be Mickey Mouse's favorite in Mickey Mouse Works episode, "Mickey Tries to Cook".
  • Donald's Country Cousin ate this (and a lot more) when he visited Don in his first short movie.
    • In "Grin and Bear It", Humphrey the Bear joins Donald's picnic and helps him build two sandwich towers. Instead of sharing them, however, Donald just smooshes the two together and eats them himself.
  • In the Merrie Melodies cartoon "Hollywood Canine Canteen," there is a "Dogwood" sandwich made of bones interleaved with slices of bread.
  • Perry and Heinz Doofenshmirtz accidentally create one on Phineas and Ferb during a deli meat food fight in "Mommy Can You Hear Me?".
  • An entire episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes featured Jimmy making one of these and then refusing to allow it to be eaten, since it was art.
  • Mr. Bogus:
    • Brattus creates one of these in the kitchen in the episode "Et Tu, Brattus?" before he eats the entire thing in one bite.
    • Bogus dines on one of these in the episode "Bad Luck Bogus". However, in a rare example of the trope, Bogus actually eats the sandwich one layer at a time with a fork instead of the usual practice of devouring the entire sandwich in one bite. Considering that the contents of the entire sandwich itself are all bigger than Bogus, that's a pretty understandable matter entirely. In another rare example, swallowing one layer of the sandwich also caused him to gain a Balloon Belly.
  • In an early Popeye cartoon, Bluto orders a half-dozen sandwiches in Popeye and Olive's diner (not intending to pay.) Olive shuffles ham and bread like cards and deals them out - Bluto gives the stack a toss and gobbles them all down at once like a hungry dog. Just to give an idea of how early that cartoon was, Popeye and Olive actually believed Wimpy would gladly pay them next Tuesday for that hamburger and the pickles he ate.
  • Garfield and Friends: Garfield made an alphabetical sandwich. 26 ingredients inside and each one starting with a different letter in the alphabet. Unfortunately, he couldn't find anything for X other than X-ray.
  • Bubble Bass's order from Spongebob Squarepants: One double triple Bossy deluxe, on a raft, four by four animal style, extra shingles with a shimmy and a squeeze, light axle grease, make it cry, burn it, and let it swim. Somewhat inverted by how, in the episode, the Krabby Patty looks no different than others, but the real life version which fits the name definitely fits this to a tee.
  • In The PJs episode "A Hero Ain't Nothing But a Super" Thurgood contemplates eating one before compacting it to fit his mouth. But then he says. "Muriel, I think the mayonnaise has gone bad."
  • The Hair Bear Bunch: In "I'll Zoo You Later," the bears enter the hideout of two bank robbers and raid their refrigerator. While Hair Bear makes himself a triple-triple-triple decker sandwich, he makes modest chicken dinners for Square and Bubi. Square makes a wish with the wishbone from the chicken ("I wish I had Hair Bear's sandwich!").
  • Les Sisters: Marine once makes one of these. Surprisingly Realistic Outcome occurs and she finds herself unable to fit it in her mouth.
  • In Adventure Time Hunson Abadeer, who rules over what is essentially this universe's equivalent of Hell, casually makes one of these in "Return to the Nightosphere," with what appears to be lettuce, tomato, pimento loaf, and "Cut The Mustard" brand mustard.
    • Jake makes one, which he calls his "perfect sandwich", topped with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, fresh cucumber, cream cheese, hardboiled eggs, sweet yellow onions (organic), pickles "from my boy Prismo", dill, meat cooked sous-vide, bacon, a bird from the window, Jake's own tears for salt and the soul of a boiled lobster.
  • In The Simpsons, Chief Wiggum tried to eat one of these. However, it was so thick he opened his mouth too wide and got his jaw stuck open. It was so wide Eddie managed to fit his entire fist inside.
  • In one episode of the cartoon adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Emily Elizabeth tells Clifford the story about how a dog named Speckle made this type of sandwich out of pumpernickel bread, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, etc. However, he can't fit it into his mouth, so he shares it with his friends.
  • In the producer's segment of The Magic School Bus episode "Gets Eaten" Liz the lizard builds one out of the sandwich the producer had begun making... then takes it away, leaving the producer hungry.
  • In the animated outer-space adaptation of The Partridge Family, the opening credits has Danny hydrating a huge sandwich from a machine. Before he can take a bite, his robotic dog, Orbit, extends a ratchet jaw and devours the whole thing in one bite.
  • Taz makes a huge sandwich at the beginning of the Taz-Mania episode, "War And Pieces". Before he can eat it, his sister Molly plays some loud music on the stereo, causing him to accidentally bite his tongue.
  • Recess: In the opening credits sequence, Mikey is seen making a huge sandwich and then eating it.
  • Grog in The Legend of Vox Machina convinces Scanlan to fetch him one of these, only to lose it when Vax steals the toothpick holding it together for use as an Improvised Lockpick, allowing the fillings to slide out and splat to the cobbles.

    Real Life 
  • Bloomington, Indiana features an actual chain (of three restaurants) called "Dagwood's Deli," which specializes in large sandwiches. While the sandwiches are not as comically large as those of the comic strip, they are often more than one person could reasonably handle.
  • Five Guys is a burger chain that does a downplayed version of this. You can have one or two (up to four for an extra charge) beef patties, plus bacon and cheese, then add whatever other toppings they have on their menu at no charge: lettuce, tomato, onions (fresh or grilled), mushrooms, jalapenos, pickles, relish, green peppers, and a variety of sauces. It's common for the vegetables and other condiments to be bursting out of the bun when you get it... and you can also do the same thing with their hot dogs.
  • In-N-Out Burger in the American Southwest allows hamburgers and cheeseburgers to be ordered this way. A cheeseburger with two slices of cheese and three hamburger patties is a '2×3'. Three slices of cheese and three patties becomes a '3×3', etc. Some people ordered a 100×100 mega-burger, and the restaurant actually made it. After the incident was posted about online, there arose concerns that the meat of such a large burger wasn't being cooked thoroughly. As a result, the burgers now have a limit of no bigger than 4×4. (Though you can still order 25 of them at once.)
  • The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas is an extreme hamburger joint that only serves these types of monstrosities. Considering some of the controversy surrounding them and having two spokesmen succumb to heart attacks... it's hard not to admire them for their sheer gall.
    • The main difference is the lack of variety. These things are known as Bypass Burgers, and contain anywhere up to four eight-ounce patties (that's up to almost a kilo of beef), optional (greasy) bacon and/or chili con carne, cheese, red onion, sliced tomato and the special sauce. And then there's the Octuple Bypass Burger, 8 patties stacked on top of each other with or without toppings.
  • Just look at the picture, which comes from The Other Wiki.
  • One early issue of Disney Adventures magazine had an article describing how to create a "Squish Sandwich," which plays with this trope: it looks like a Dagwood at first, but as the name implies, the ingredients are specifically chosen to make it easy to squash flat (and make a satisfying noise while doing so).
  • As noted above, the Smørrebrød, Danish open-face sandwiches stacked pretty much anything. They're typically eaten with knife and fork rather than attempting to pick them up.
  • American burger chain Hardee's/Carl's Jr is unapologetic about this kind of burger. One of their most recent hamburger creations features a split-open-lengthwise hot dog, bacon slices and potato chips on top of a standard issue ground beef patty. Previous iterations have included such items as chicken nuggets.
  • McDonald's:
    • They're test-running a "Create your Taste" kiosk-based order. Simply put, you order your burger and customize what you want on it and how much at the touchscreen kiosk. So naturally, someone had the idea of ordering a burger with 10 of everything.
    • Some gluttonous McDonald's patrons invented something called the "McGangbang" (or the "Bababooey Burger" for those who don't wish to be vulgar) which consists of a McChicken placed inside a double-cheeseburger. A variant is the Mc10:35, which replaces the chicken burger with a breakfast sandwich (an Artifact of when breakfast stopped being served at 11:00 so hamburgers started being prepped at 10:30, meaning you had to get there at 10:35 to get one).
  • Milder example: At sandwich shops such as Subway or Which Wich, load up your sandwich with toppings and it'll be stuffed. Doubly true if you ask for extras like double meat, bacon, extra veggies... Some employees even call this "Dagwood Style" referring to how hard it is to close the sandwich.
  • Western US diner chain Lumberjack's has a burger with a one pound patty in addition to the toppings and bun. Ordering for a takeout box will have you provided with one normally reserved for whole cakes.
  • Braeburn Lodge in Canada's Yukon Territory makes absolutely massive sandwiches. Subverted in that they're very broad instead of very tall.
  • Another diner with massive sandwiches is New Jersey's Clinton Station Diner. The largest of their burgers tips the scale at 105 lbs. (50 lbs. of beef) and the only challenge offered for it is a ten-person challenge.
  • Club sandwiches used to only have one layer, nowadays double-decker is the norm. Meat (often chicken but sometimes ham, turkey, or roast beef, and there's always some bacon), cheese, lettuce, and a tomato. Some people like them with a fried egg in for breakfast. They often have to be pinned together.
  • Arby’s has an off-menu sandwich known as the Meat Mountain. It comes with every single meat the restaurant offers in one sandwich, along with two different types of cheese.
  • Chick and Ruth's Delly in Annapolis, Maryland offers mega-sized sandwiches with about 5 pounds of meat, and a dessert example in a six pound milkshake (which itself totals to about a GALLON of dairy product). They give you your meal for free and put your picture on the wall if you manage to finish both.
  • The ultimate example is the "Earth Sandwich," in which two people travel to antipodal points in different countries, and each lay one slice of bread on the ground. Thankfully, no one has ever actually eaten the resulting sandwich.
  • Many restaurants that hosts some kind of eating challenge ("Eat X in 30 minutes and get your picture on the wall") will have a burger or sandwich designed like this with more ingredients than most people can feasibly eat in the allotted time.
  • To celebrate the launch of Windows 7, Burger King Japan released the "Windows 7 Whopper", a version of the Whopper Burger with a total of seven patties.

"You're gonna need a bigger mouth."


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Alternative Title(s): Sandwich Tower, Massively Multilayer Sandwich


Shaggy Super Sandwich

The Shaggy Super Sandwich is an incredibly high-stacked sandwich with multiple ingredients. The spices seem normal at first, with Shaggy adding salt, followed by pepper... only to then try and add fish food. He only stops when the fish ends up getting mad at him for taking its food.

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