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Where to Actually Find a Monte Cristo Sandwich in Dallas

Sink your teeth into this sweet and savory classic.

Last October, humor writer Alice Laussade thought it’d be hilarious to poke fun at Monte Cristo sandwiches by way of a fabricated list of restaurants in town serving the dish. Not everybody was in on the prank, though. Readers and D Magazine staff included. As stated in Nancy’s editor’s note: “It took eight editors and a heated 20-minute conversation to figure out Alice’s high-concept joke.” True story. The backbone of the punchline was built on the notion that the sweet and savory dish was so archaic that nobody would actually believe it was a “trend.”

Thing is, while the sandwich definitely basked in its 15 minutes (three decades, really) of fame in the United States from the 1930s through the ’60s, the classic dish can currently be found on menus in Dallas. It’s so commonplace, in fact, that it makes an appearance among the seemingly endless offerings at The Cheesecake Factory and on the “Classics” section of Which Wich’s sandwich list.

Sure, the Monte Cristo might not be invited to sit at the cool kids table with poke bowls and amaro-based cocktails, but it’s holding its own.

So where in Dallas can you actually sink your teeth into the sugary, cheese-laden classic?

Jed’s Grill: The breakfast Monte Cristo is served daily from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The dish is made using thick slices of ham, melted gouda cheese, and French toast battered bread. It’s served with country potatoes and a side of fruit preserves.

Dream Café: Smoked ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese are sandwiched between grilled French toast. The sandwich is dusted with powdered sugar and served with honey mustard and a cup of fruit.

Trinity Hall: The “Monte de Carlow” is made using sliced turkey, ham, cheddar cheese, and Swiss cheese. It is dipped in egg, griddled, and dusted with powdered sugar.

The Holy Grail Pub: A sandwich made with sliced ham, turkey, and Swiss and American cheese is deep fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The dish is served with a side of blackberry preserves.

Know of anywhere else in Dallas serving a Monte Cristo sandwich? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

Comments

  • TJ Davis

    Zephyr on Cedar Springs has a monte cristo. Also, if you’re ever in Denton, The Abbey Inn has one too.

    • James

      Zephyr is the spot!

  • nicepick1

    Unless it is battered and deep fried, it is not a Monte Cristo. If it is pan fried on each side, that is called a “melt.” Deep frying this sandwich puts a lot of mileage on fryer oil. Few places have the guts to do it properly.

    • Marianne St. Amour Champiny

      Agree!!! Looks like Cheddar’s and Holy Grail Pub are the only Restaurants listed that Deep Fry Monte Cristos! Anyone else know where you can get a DEEP FRIED Monte Cristo??

  • Lynn Garretson

    Bennigans was the best. Sigh

  • Katie

    The Abbey Inn in Denton had the best Monte Cristo I’ve ever had. Probably one of the top three things I’ve ever eaten.

  • Marianne St. Amour Champiny

    Cheddar’s has a GREAT Monte Cristo Sandwich! It is served ALL Day!!