The 17th of September is Monte Cristo Day (aka Monte Cristo Sandwich Day).
A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich with the extra step of being dipped in egg batter before frying.
You get to have one for breakfast, lunch and dinner today.
What about the bread: do you like yours with sourdough bread?
It might be a bit of a challenge for find a vegan version of a Monte Cristo. In fact, because the sandwiches have fallen out of fashion, it might be a challenge to find any version, as not many restaurants make them anymore. So if you’d like to go out for one on Monte Cristo Day, it’s probably best to start searching a few days in advance for someplace that still serves them. The Bennigan’s restaurant chain still does.
Activities for today
- Treat yourself to a Monte Cristo sandwich in a restaurant or cafe;
- make one at home,
- have friends over for brunch and serve them.
The restaurant called Bennigan’s paid the webmaster at the website called “National Day Calendar” in June 2015 to promote the day as a “national” day.
The reason Bennigan’s choose the 17th of September is: “We didn’t choose Sept. 17 by accident; the delicious national holiday also marks halfway to St. Paddy’s Day, so you know we’ve got a fun party in store!” Celebrate National Monte Cristo Day At Bennigan’s. Dallas, Texas: Bennigan’s Restaurant. Accessed August 2021 at
The earliest print mention that CooksInfo is aware of for a “Monte Cristo Day” in September dates from 2017 in Utah:
“Sunday, September 17: National Monte Cristo Day.” — Weekly Event Calendar. Saint George, Utah: The Dixie Sun News. Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Page 8, page bottom.
Bennigan’s Rolls Out the Deals for National Monte Cristo Day and Benntoberfest. Full Service Restaurant Magazine. 9 September 2020. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.fsrmagazine.com/content/bennigans-rolls-out-deals-national-monte-cristo-day-and-benntoberfest
Monte Cristo Sandwich Day’s papers. Ipswich, MA: Ipswich Local News. 17 September 2019. Accessed August 2021 at http://thelocalne.ws/2019/09/17/monte-cristo-sandwich-days-papers-tuesday-sept-17/
National Monte Cristo Day. Ottawa, Canada: Carlteon University. 13 September 2018. Accessed August 2021 at
Reede, Hartley. Hart’s – Today is ! Yarmouth, Nova Scotia: Y95 CJLS Radio. 17 September 2020. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.cjls.com/2020/09/17/harts-today-is/
The Noon Show: National Monte Cristo Day! Tyler, Texas: CBS19-TV. 17 September 2018. Accessed August 2021 at https://www.cbs19.tv/video/news/local/the-noon-show-national-monte-cristo-day/501-8254191
Vitale, Laura. The best sandwich ever invented is the Monte Cristo. Krock 101.7 FM Radio. Accessed August 2021 at http://krock1017fm.com/today-is-national-monte-cristo-day/
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