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With origin dates ranging from the 1970s to the early 1990s, the sandwiches have one trait in common: a somewhat simplistic mix of ingredients. These include:
"When some of these sandwiches first emerged, we were definitely creating some odd combinations," said Mark Richardson, Togo's concept officer. "But that's what finding real flavor is about. It's those few sandwiches, which can be fairly basic in terms of quantity of ingredients that have a memorable taste. What struck us about these six sandwiches is that customers are still coming to our stores, years later, asking for them. Take the Turkey and Cranberry; we were one of the first to offer it as a regular menu item. Since that time, it has evolved into a Togo's modern day classic."
The company says the introduction marks another proof point in a trend that has consumers shifting back to basics. It's been noticed in 2003 data from Menu Census and also reflected in industries like footwear and home furnishings.
Togo's older sandwich offerings will, however, maintain a modern edge, as they are available served on the concept's new breads -- onion herb, parmesan white, rustic white, and wheat brushed with honey -- and made with Togo's current line of newly enhanced cheeses and meats.