Elvis once made a midnight run to Denver to enjoy his favorite sandwich.

The peanut butter and banana sandwich (often with bacon) is renowned for being one of Elvis Presley’s favorite foods.  In fact, the dish is generally known as the Elvis and served at diners and restaurants all over.  Elvis was particularly fond of one version of the sandwich known as the Fool’s Gold Loaf, which was made by the now closed Denver restaurant, Colorado Mine Company.  According to the story, on February 1, 1976 Elvis was entertaining friends at his Graceland home, including Captain Jerry Kennedy of the Denver police.  They were discussing the delicious sandwich and Elvis decided that they should jump in his private plane and fly to Denver to have one.  When his plane arrived in a private hangar at the Denver airport the owners of the restaurant were waiting with 22 sandwiches for Elvis and his entourage. After spending a few hours eating they flew back to Memphis.

The Fool’s Gold Sandwich consisted of a whole loaf of Italian bread that was hollowed out and filled with peanut butter, jelly and a pound of bacon.  The sandwich was then deep-fried before being served.  Elvis was known for his love of home cooking, especially fried food and other high-calorie treats.  Being a Mississippi boy, Elvis naturally loved the food of the South.  Some of the King’s favorites include banana pudding, Southern style sausage gravy with biscuits, fried catfish, Memphis style barbecue sauce, and fried chicken.

 

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Elvis fries at Gunther Toody’s. Smothered in sausage gravy, in honor of the King.

 

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fool%27s_Gold_Loaf

http://southernfood.about.com/od/southernregionalfood/tp/Elvis-Presley-s-Favorites.htm

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