A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 18, 2013
Handwich (hand + sandwich)

"Handwich” (hand + sandwich) is a term that various eating establishments have given to their food. “Handwich” has been infrequently used and the food items are not standard. “And the fist-sized ‘handwiches,’ which are either ham and cheese or roast beef and onions stuffed in a pocket of fresh-baked bread, are filling and satisfying” was cited in print in 1987. Disney World served “handwiches” since at least 1989.

The Exo Cafe in Forest Hills, Queens, serves handwiches. As described in a 2013 restaurent review:

“Starting with freshly baked ciabatta bread, the Exo Handwich is generously filled with freshly grilled chicken breast, red roasted peppers, creamy goat cheese, field greens and roasted garlic sauce.”

Reva’s “Home of the Handwich” Inc. of Ashland City, Tennessee, trademarked “Handwich” with a first use from November 8, 1993.

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27 August 1987, Washington (DC) Post, “Jodo’s” by Tom Sietsema, pg. J2:
And the fist-sized “handwiches,” which are either ham and cheese or roast beef and onions stuffed in a pocket of fresh-baked bread, are filling and satisfying,

Google Books
Steve Birnbaum brings you the best of Walt Disney World
By Stephen Birnbaum
New York, NY: Avon Books: Hearst Professional Magazines
1989
Pg. 204:
Sleepy Hollow: Soft drinks, brownies, Disney Handwiches, and a special Legendary Punch (fruity and not half bad) are for sale at this snack stand located opposite Olde World Antiques, near the Liberty Square bridge.

Queens (NY) Gazette
2013-5-1
Exo Café
70-20 Austin Street, Forest Hills
718.261-6162
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Exo Café’s dinner menu includes freshly tossed salads, unique burgers and their famous “handwiches” as they are aptly called, since you’ll need both hands to handle these generously sized sandwiches. Starting with freshly baked ciabatta bread, the Exo Handwich is generously filled with freshly grilled chicken breast, red roasted peppers, creamy goat cheese, field greens and roasted garlic sauce. My companion and I made short work of the chimmichurri handwich which was filled with tender, grilled, sliced steak that’s been rubbed with special spices, then topped with provolone cheese, tomato and chimmichurri sauce made from parsley, garlic and vinegar for a unique flavor sensation ($11.95). Next time I’ll try the fried fish handwich composed of crispy, beerbattered cod, lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce. All handwiches are served with your choice of their Belgian fries, fabulous onion rings or green salad.

Eater
New Details on David Burke’s Bacon Bar
Friday, May 17, 2013, by Daniel Gerzina
(...)
The menu is being whittled down to a selection of eight bacon-centric sandwiches and a couple desserts. In between sliders and full sandwiches, Burke says he has coined the phrase “handwiches” to describe them. He expects three of them to fill patrons up; they’ll cost $3-4 each. He mentions an updated lobster roll, a Peking duck sandwich, a Spam sandwich, and a Mexican BLT on tortilla with spicy Mexican bacon.

(Trademark)
Word Mark HANDWICH
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: rolled sandwiches. FIRST USE: 19931109. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19931109
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 75660545
Filing Date March 15, 1999
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition November 9, 1999
Registration Number 2370517
Registration Date July 25, 2000
Owner (REGISTRANT) Reva’s “Home of the Handwich” Inc. CORPORATION TENNESSEE 3444 Sweethome Road Ashland City TENNESSEE 37015
Prior Registrations 1901072
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20100623.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20100623
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New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, May 18, 2013 • Permalink