Dan Weinberger may well be the King of Sandwiches. The Earl of Sandwich may have invented putting some meat between slices of bread, but Dan’s perfected it. A third-generation sandwich maker celebrating the tenth anniversary of his homey Grapevine deli, Weinberger learned to make sandwiches from his Dad in Chicago. The family’s first eponymous Weinberger’s Deli was founded in the Windy City in 1952.
Dan estimates that 2,000 sandwiches a week are sold out of the Grapevine store.
With a passion for ingredients, and for combining them, Weinberger adds layers of flavor and texture to his product for what he calls “a fluffed up look that feels and tastes good.”
“A sandwich has to have an explosion of flavor,” he says.
For Weinberger, the fun is in the creation – and in combining ingredients that work well together. He’s a classic sandwich purist who has evolved over the years to become playfully creative.
“Dad would never have put mayonnaise on white bread,” says Weinberger, “but we’ve come a long way since then.”
Weinberger can tell you the history of sandwiches, where they came from and how they have evolved. And nobody could ever accuse him of skimping on the meats. It takes a brave man or woman to actually finish a Weinberger creation.
Hundreds of styles of sandwiches have been introduced over the years at Weinberger’s including a recent addition, The Settler, a holiday concoction from last winter. It’s built with turkey, cornbread jalapeno stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo on a toasted hoagie. Weinberger is threatening to bring it back this summer and call it Christmas in July. I hope he does.Weinberger’s Delicatessen 601 S Main St, Grapevine (817) 416-5577