How the Monte Cristo Sandwich Got Its Name

What is a Monte Cristo Sandwich?

Originating from the Croque Monsieur, the Monte Cristo sandwich is a decadent breakfast choice. Made with ham, egg, bacon, Swiss cheese, and three slices of French toast, this breakfast sandwich is a beloved café favorite. The iconic taste of the Monte Cristo sandwich may be recognizable, but some cafegoers may wonder how this sandwich received its name.

The Monte Cristo sandwich is named after the novel of the same name, The Count of Monte Cristo. The book is deeply embedded in French culture, and the Monte Cristo sandwich pays respect to its French origins with its flavor profile.

In the 1900s, the Croque Monsieur was introduced to French cafés and restaurants. This simple ham and cheese sandwich has always been known for its crunchy and satisfying texture and has established itself as a staple lunch item. However, over time, cafés began experimenting with different variations of the Croque Monsieur.

The prevailing variation of the sandwich was the Monte Cristo, which was served as a breakfast sandwich. Fluffy French toast replaced the bread of the Croque Monsieur, bacon was added to bring savory notes to the sandwich, and jam and Dijon mustard also contributed to a more complex flavor.

Dilettnate's Monte Cristo Sandwich Available at the Mocha Café

Dilettante's Monte Cristo Sandwich

Today, the Monte Cristo is well-regarded as a rich-tasting breakfast item found in many cafés and restaurants in the United States. However, those eager to try the most flavorsome Monte Cristo possible should stop by the Dilettante's Bellevue Mocha Cafés.

Made with freshly cut ham, cooked French toast, and crispy bacon, Dilettante’s Monte Cristo delivers an unparalleled taste. Since its introduction to the café, this sandwich has remained a popular choice. Learn more about Dilettante’s lunch and breakfast items using the menu below to find more delicious food items prepared fresh at the Mocha Café.

Made with freshly cut ham, cooked French toast, and crispy bacon, Dilettante’s Monte Cristo delivers an unparalleled taste. Since its introduction to the café, this sandwich has remained a popular choice. Learn more about Dilettante’s lunch and breakfast items using the menu below to find more delicious options.


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Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ryan has a fondness for the outdoors, music, and coffee. Some of his favorites are Dilettante's Chocolate-Covered Bing Cherries and L'Orange Truffles. Through his writing and content, he hopes to grow the Dilettante community.

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