Issue: June 22, 2017

This week's cover story: Legend has it that the sandwich was invented by John Montague, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, a profligate gambler so addicted to cards that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two slices of bread so he wouldn’t have to leave the table. The good earl would be astonished by what has become of his humble but practical invention. What would he make of Vietnamese banh mi, for example, or Mediterranean beef shawarma? In this special issue, we celebrate the sandwich in all its diverse glory, offering advice on where to find the yummiest food between two slices, from the best torta to the “best po’boy for truly poor boys.” Enjoy!

Also in this issue: In “Three women, three unusual sports,” James Raia profiles three extraordinary athletes who will be competing in this weekend’s USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State; Scott Thomas Anderson probes the county and city’s disagreement on how to respond to homelessness; the SAMMIES winners are listed; and our arts writers reveal what’s new in the worlds of theater, film and music. And check out our new and inclusive Calendar section, your guide to the most exciting events taking place this week.