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Taste test: fried peanut butter and banana sandwich

Posted October 8, 2010

My favorite peanut butter sandwich -- no kidding -- is peanut butter, cheese, and onions. There is no need to tell me that's weird. The look I get from the deli person at Whole Foods whenever I order one has made that infinitely clear.

Considering that, a peanut butter and banana sandwich, even fried, did not strike me as extremely odd on a Fair food scale. It actually struck me as a pretty good lunch. So I tried one.

McBride's has the PB&B (called the "Graceland Special") for five bucks. As it was coming up on lunch they were a couple of sandwiches ahead in prep, so the sandwich I got was warm but not hot.

That didn't stop the peanut butter (smooth) from being warm and gooshy. McBride's did not skimp on the bananas. The bread, lightly fried, was neither hard nor soggy. It was pretty thick bread, too (I guess it would have to be.)

Though eating a Graceland Special was not the adventure that dissecting and eating last year's big Fair food (fried butter) was, it was tasty. One sandwich and I was set for several hours of walking around the Dixie Classic Fair. As my mother says, peanut butter sticks to the ribs.


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  • Baybee Doll Oct 14, 2010

    Glad u enjoyed ur heart attack sandwich :)

  • liskm Oct 9, 2010

    The Graceland Diet certainly contributed to it's owner's early demise!

  • thefensk Oct 9, 2010

    PB and Banana is a classic and I love it. Not sure why they'd call it a "Graceland" ... Elvis liked bacon on his too. THAT would be a Graceland.

  • pmck Oct 8, 2010

    Yum - try fried peanut butter and bologna. When you're a kid, you'll eat just about anything with peanut butter! And Mr. Grimreaper, are you saying fried peanut butter & banana sandwiches aren't meaningful? How sad.

  • Iconoclast Oct 8, 2010

    I eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches (not fried) regularly. Have also eaten PB and cheese but not with onion...hmmmm...something new to try. Have they tried deep fried pork skins? Then drizzled with melted cheese? Maybe add some jalepenos. Call 'em artery slammers.

  • Blues Man Z Oct 8, 2010

    No wonder North Carolina is one of the "fattest" states in the country.

  • grimreaper Oct 8, 2010

    Why don't they test something meaningful like a ride.