Cravings: Monte Cristo

Meat and jam in a sandwich? That

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Meat and jam in a sandwich? That’s right. Rediscover the quirky, old-school delights of the Monte Cristo

Vera’s
Fresh bread from Fran’s Bakery in Everett is used to make a delicious French toast, which is piled with ham, turkey, Swiss cheese and then dusted with powdered sugar. Top with strawberry or apricot jam, available at your table. $7.95. Ballard, 5417 22nd Ave. NW; 206.782.9966

Jimmy’s on First

Egg bread, turkey, ham, raspberry preserves and crème fraîche combine for a decadent treat. After this sandwich is assembled, it’s dipped in a light egg batter and the entire creation is fried until golden brown. $12. SoDo, 1046 First Ave. S; 206.204.9700; jimmysonfirst.com

Which Wich?

The Monte Cristo goes naked here (minus the egg dip): Start with the classic ham, turkey and powdered sugar, choose white or wheat bread, and one of seven cheeses. Add a sweet twist of grape jelly and a stint in the oven and voila! A warm, toasty meal. $5.97. University District, 4730 University Way NE, Suite 102; 206.588.0471; whichwich.com

Rusty Pelican Cafe

This monster Monte Cristo harbors a delicious twist: cinnamon swirl bread! Extra-thick slices are dipped in egg batter, grilled into French toast and stacked with the traditional fixings: ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, powdered sugar and a swipe of strawberry or raspberry jam. $9.75. Wallingford, 1924 N 45th St.; 206.545.9090

Squid & Ink
This vegan tofu-based version of the Monte Cristo re-creates the classic. Vegetarian ham (made from soy protein) and house-made non-dairy cheese curds are sandwiched between French toast before the entire delicacy is baked to perfection. $10. Georgetown, 1128 S Albro Place; 206.763.2696; myspace.com/squid_and_ink