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Earl of Sandwich plants first flag with downtown San Diego stop

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Posted at 4:08 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 17:01:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Locals will no longer have to rely on trips to Harrah's Resort or Downtown Disney to satisfy their Earl of Sandwich fix.

The sandwich shop's downtown San Diego spot, the county's first, is now open for hungry locals but will hold its grand opening Saturday, according to the shop. The new sandwich shop can be found at 690 1st Ave.

A cult following has developed behind Earl of Sandwich, with its popular sandwiches like The Full Montagu (roast beef and turkey), The Original 1762 (roast beef and cheddar), and Holiday Turkey (turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing) sandwiches.

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The restaurant chain is named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Montagu has long been considered the inventor of the modern sandwich, ever since he is said to have requested the dish while putting in some long hours at the gambling table.

But guests are locked into sandwiches at the stop. Earl of Sandwich also sells a variety of freshly tossed salads, wraps, desserts, and several on-the-go items.

The shop is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday - Friday, and opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.