November 3 is the birthday of the fourth earl of Sandwich the noble founder of the lunch staple and National Sandwich Day. Why not celebrate with a trip to Dugan’s Sandwich Shop in Woodbury, which has been a fixture on Jericho Turnpike for many years.
Dugan’s is named after David Dugan, a farmer who started a poultry farm in the area in 1938. He raised chickens, turkeys and eggs on his 12-acre farm. In the 1950s Dugan sold his business to Bob and Eva Rummell, who expanded the retail end by including homemade chicken soup, fried chicken and chicken pot pies. Eva Rummell also started making homemade bread, which led to making sandwiches.
Eventually the farm was divided up and sold, and the business became known as Dugan’s Sandwich Shop. In 2001 the Rummell family sold their successful sandwich business to John Licastro, who continues to make fresh bread every morning using the same preservative-free recipe Eva used 60 years before. This is what makes Dugan’s stand out from other delis.
Although different types of breads, heroes and wraps are sold, I highly recommend ordering your sandwich on the homemade bread, which has a crunchy crust and is deliciously soft and tender. My favorite is rare roast beef with mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Simple, but so good.
Some of their specials include flounder fillet with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce; ham, muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato onions, mayo and mustard or Chad’s Special, grilled maple turkey, bacon, muenster, tomato and balsamic vinaigrette. Weekly sandwich specials are always offered, and all the salads are homemade as well.
The earl would be proud.