John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, created the first sandwich during a poker game when he absent-mindedly got his hand caught between the two pieces of bread he was eating. Savor a less ouch-inducing bite with this Groupon.
$20 for Five Footlong Sandwiches ($40 Value)
Sandwich artisans garnish regular footlong sandwiches, such as the black forest ham, cold-cut combo, and Veggie Delite, with fresh vegetables and cheese.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.