Food in Haverhill: Try the Monte Cristo Sandwich!

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When it comes to the Monte Cristo sandwich, few things can compare to the sweet and savory indulgent treat. Its rich history, intriguing name, and diverse variations make it a beloved treat in the world of comfort food! And since we love this sandwich so much, this month, we want to take this time to uncover the mystery of this dish, how it got its name, along with some fun facts! And in the meantime, when you’re looking for some of the best breakfast food in Haverhill, you’re always welcome at Raff’s Cafe!

Origins of the Monte Cristo

The exact origin of the Monte Cristo sandwich remains a mystery, with various theories attempting to trace its roots. However, one popular belief is that the sandwich evolved from the French croque-monsieur, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. As it migrated across the Atlantic to America, it underwent modifications, leading to the creation of the Monte Cristo.

Where the Name Came From

The name “Monte Cristo” draws inspiration from the literary classic “The Count of Monte Cristo,” written by Alexandre Dumas. The sandwich’s association with this novel remains unclear, but some like to speculate that its extravagant nature and a hint of history might be the reason behind the homage.

Fun Facts About the Monte Cristo Sandwich

  • The Monte Cristo sandwich is a popular dish at state fairs, amusement parks, and classic diners across the United States.
  • In some regions, the sandwich is known by different names, including “French Sandwich” and “Toasted Ham and Cheese.”
  • The Monte Cristo is often served with a side of powdered sugar and fruit preserves for dipping, adding to its unique and delightful taste.
  • This sandwich gained widespread fame in the 1960s when it was featured on the menu of the Disneyland theme park’s Blue Bayou Restaurant.


Looking for the best food in Haverhill? Come to Raff’s Cafe!

Whether you’re looking to try the Monte Cristo sandwich or are looking to indulge in our other sweet and/or savory options at Raff’s Cafe, we encourage you to check out our online menu! For whatever you may be craving, we have a little bit of everything to help satisfy those tastebuds. And in the meantime, we look forward to seeing you!

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