The Balboa Finds Its Origins In Westchester

Turns out this classic American sandwich got its start not in the City of Brotherly Love but in the land of the “wedge”

Bet you thought the Balboa sandwich is native to Philly, didn’t you? Well, guess what? The popular concoction actually debuted in New York in the mid- to-late 1970s, making a name for itself at local haunts like Larchmont Tavern, Town Dock in Rye, and Royal Scarlet Deli in White Plains. Boasting roast beef and melted Swiss on either garlic toast or with garlic dressing on a wedge—it’s a sandwich literally designed for Westchester carnivores.

Photograph By Tykischa Jacobs


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