NYC Salmon Shop Goes for Guinness Gold with Largest Lox Sandwich

AKA how to build a smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers mountain.

By Ethan L. Johns
February 12, 2018

Image: Acme Smoked Fish/Instagram

Does your local bagel shop like to go heavy on the schmear but skimp on the smoked salmon? It makes sense, after all; your average lox generally come in around $30 per pound. So what happens when you’re faced with a sandwich stuffed with 40 pounds of the stuff? Share it, duh.

On Friday—which just happened to be “National Bagels and Lox Day”—Brooklyn smoked fish wholesaler Acme Smoked Fish took a shot at the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest bagel-and-lox sandwich with a monster creation weighing in at over 200 pounds.

The sandwich was made on a giant bagels from Zucker’s, which weighed over 100 pounds, according to AM New York. Zucker’s owner Matt Pomerantz reportedly practiced his gargantuan bagel technique for weeks leading up to the event, hoping to bake the perfect monster bread.

Add to that bagel a whole lot of cream cheese, about 40 pounds of smoked salmon, a great big layer of tomatoes, another layer of red onions and a few giant spoonfuls of capers, and you’ve got yourself a potential winner!

The Acme staff put their backs into it as they worked to transfer the 29-by-36-by-13-inch giant to an official scale. The reading? A whopping 213 pounds, 12 ounces. That weight will, of course, need to be confirmed before it is officially declared the largest bagel-and-lox sandwich—a process that generally takes up to three months.

It’s a good thing, too, because it would probably have taken three months to eat a sandwich that size. Luckily, Acme had help in the form of eager spectators. The crew took a handsaw to the bagel, and everyone got a free taste.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns