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Smoked bologna sandwich stands out in Oklahoma

Jamil's Senators' Smoked Bologna sandwich represents Oklahoma in new issue of Food Network Magazine.
by Dave Cathey Published: August 8, 2012

Jamil's Steakhouse owner Greg Gawey has been telling the story for years about how when he asked his mother for steak she served him bologna, and it's finally paid off.

The September issue of Food Network Magazine, which hit racks Tuesday, focuses on sandwiches from across the country.

Jamil's Senators' Smoked Bologna sandwich represents Oklahoma.

A magazine editor asked for me and several other food writers across the state to nominate three unique Oklahoma sandwiches, and it turns out Jamil's was one of my nominations.

The magazine was looking for unique sandwiches that are representative of Oklahoma. My other nominations were the banh mi from Saigon Baguette and the BBQ Club from Iron Starr Urban Barbecue. I was surprised to see banh mi chosen from Kansas, I'd put Saigon's against anyone in the country. North Carolina claimed the barbecue slot.

In the end, the Senators' Smoked Bologna was a perfect choice as it represents a restaurant that's been associated with the state for half a century and style of sandwich you just don't find much anymore.

Forgotten art

Smoked bologna is a forgotten art.

When I moved to Oklahoma in 1989 — by way of California, Texas and Nebraska — the only bologna I'd eaten came out of an Oscar Mayer package. You'll understand, then, why I held bologna in contempt.

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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