But apparently, all you need to do is basically add a delicious, juicy slice of tomato and you get our least favorite sandwich: the tomato and cheese, at least according to a new YouGov sandwich survey.
As seen above, the humble grilled cheese is the all-time fave, beloved by 79% of the 1,223 respondents surveyed (the number weighted to represent U.S. adults 18 and up). It's followed closely by grilled chicken and turkey—75% of respondents cited both as favorites.
To break it down further, here are the top 10:
- Grilled Cheese
- Grilled Chicken
- Roast Beef
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Pulled Pork
The list goes on to tick off some classics: roast beef, ham, the BLT, club, and even bacon sandwich. Oddly, everyone's elementary school favorite, the peanut butter & jelly, was only cited by 66% as being a sandwich they "really like."
The full list of 15 terminates with the French Dip, liked by just 46% of those surveyed, which is pretty absurd because French Dips are amazing. But YouGov reports that the absolute bottom belongs to the tomato and cheese sandwich, liked by a mere 27% of respondents.
There were regional differences—Southerners, for instance, are the biggest fans of the grilled cheese, by 82%, and Midwesterners just don't try a variety, steering away from Northeastern faves like the lobster roll—but generally speaking the numbers make sense.
The takeaway seems in part to be that Americans like to keep it simple when it comes to the sandwich. Cheese, bread, and butter.
You can take a look at a completely different kind of list here. Otherwise, if you were thinking of opening a sandwich shop called Only Cheese and Tomato or something like that, maybe don't.