To most first time visitors, Nick’s Café comes as a huge surprise. The simple, nondescript entrance belies the empire within. If you are an Elvis fan, you can spend hours here, listening to his songs, and browsing through all the memorabilia. But that is not all. This is the only place where you can get the real taste of the Fool’s Gold Sandwich that the King loved, made by none other than the person who served it to him as a teenager.
Among the many legends that surround the life and times of Elvis Presley, one is about his love for sandwiches. And like all legends, there are several versions to every story. According to one, Elvis’ liking for the Fool’s Gold Loaf – a large sourdough loaf filled liberally with peanut butter, blueberry jam (grape jelly according to some versions), and bacon – made by the Denver-based Colorado Mine Company. Apparently, a hollowed out loaf would be filled with an entire jar of peanut butter, one jar of jelly, and a pound of bacon.
Elvis’ liking for the sandwich had reached almost addictive proportions.
One night, the King even flew a few of his friends in his private jet from Graceland (his home in Memphis, Tennessee) to Denver to satiate his sandwich craving. Nick Andurlakis, a teenage cook at the Colorado Mine Co., prepared the sandwiches and delivered them to the party at the plane parked at the then Stapleton International Airport. It was 1976.
According to another story, Elvis flew to Denver to get the Fool’s Gold Loaf for his daughter’s birthday party.
Although the Denver-based restaurant shut down, the sandwich got a fresh lease of life at the restaurant that Nick started in Golden (on the outskirts of Denver). According to Nick, Elvis befriended him over his many visits to the now shut restaurant. This friendship led him to collect the memorabilia over almost 30 years, which can now be seen all over the café.
Another sandwich that is associated with the singer and often referred to as the ‘Elvis Sandwich’ or just as Elvis, is one made of peanut butter and banana sandwich. It is said that Elvis was fond of greasy food and so bacon would be added to it. The recipe of this sandwich has been discussed and published in cookbooks and in the print media.
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The Elvis Sandwich: Peanut butter, banana and bacon! RECIPE BELOW: YOU'LL NEED... 2 slices white bloomer loaf (good quality white bread, thickly sliced) 3 Tbsp smooth peanut butter 3 slices smoky streaky bacon 1 ripe banana, sliced 1 Tbsp butter LET'S GET COOKING... Fry the bacon in a hot skillet pan until sizzling and golden. Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Lightly toast the bread slices. Spread one side with peanut butter and top with the banana slices. Lay the bacon on top and sandwich together. Heat the pan again and melt the butter. Fry the sandwich until golden on both sides and the peanut butter has melted. Serve straight away! #ElvisSandwich #peanutbutter #bacon #banana
And here too there are many variations. According to some, the banana would be mashed. Food expert Nigella Lawson in her recipe for ‘Elvis Presley's Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich’ uses mashed bananas. A Memphis version of the sandwich has honey added to it.
According to the latest posts from Nick’s Café, they are operational now but do check for the days they are open and the timing.