As I get older I have noticed that there are fewer and fewer mom and pop style diners. I find this very sad. Some of the best soups, salads and sandwiches I have ever had were diner style. With all the chain restaurants these days they do okay, but they also do formulaic recipes with as few ingredients as they can get away with to make it palatable, at least in my opinion. This recipe I made from memory of a fantastic sandwich I had in a roadside diner somewhere in Texas many years ago.

8 ounces thinly sliced roast beef (close to shaved)
1 firm tomato
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
4 ounce can mild green chiles,
VERY well drained*
4 slices thick quality sourdough bread

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat in a small skillet.
  • Saute’ onions until JUST tender.
  • Add green chiles and Worcestershire sauce. Drain well if there is any excess oil.
  • Toss roast beef with onion mixture until heated through and well blended.
  • Grill the tomatoes until cooked through.
  • Butter 2 bread slices. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over butter and immediately press down gently so cheese nestles into the butter. This will form a crispier crust.
  • Press bread buttered side down on hot grill.
  • Add grilled tomatoes.
  • Top with shredded cheese.
  • Top with roast beef mixture.
  • Spread mayonnaise on top slices of bread and top sandwiches.
  • Spread butter on top side of bread and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, pressing firmly again to imbed Parmesan cheese.
  • Flip sandwiches and grill until golden.
*I accidentally picked up jalapenos this last time.
NOTE to self. ALSO good, but way HOT!!!

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Wow this looks fantastic!!! I love sandwiches like this. I wish we all could go around the country looking for these mom and pop diners and get paid to do it while eating the good food!