Slideshow: The Top 10 Chicago A Sandwich a Day Posts in 2011

1. Milanesa Cemita at Cemitas Puebla
1. Milanesa Cemita at Cemitas Puebla
"I always manage to be surprised by some small detail. Occasionally, I'm struck by the flavor and depth of the housemade chipotles; other times I can't get past the creamy and tangy queso Oaxaca that is imported straight from Mexico. (Monterrey Jack doesn't stand a chance against this stuff.) Certainly, I've never been disappointed by the crusty sesame seed roll." Read the full post »
2. Montreal-style Smoked Pastrami from Fumare Meats
2. Montreal-style Smoked Pastrami from Fumare Meats
"The Montreal-style smoked pastrami ($8.99) is miraculously tender and so flavorful that there's no need at all to use the horseradish-heavy mustard that comes with it. The rye bread is on the soft side, which is less than ideal. The good news is that for $14, you can buy an entire pound of the meat and put it on any bread you like." Read the full post »
3. Corned Beef Reuben at The Brown Sack
3. Corned Beef Reuben at The Brown Sack
"The Reuben is slightly overwhelming but solidly built; the bread holds up to the quantities of sauerkraut and meat without buckling, and all the other components work perfectly together." Read the full post »
5. Coppa and Provolone Panini at The Purple Pig
5. Coppa and Provolone Panini at The Purple Pig
"This is a rare panini that manages to come off as balanced. The bread is crisp, but it hasn't been pressed beyond recognition. In fact, it's still oddly light and airy. That makes it easier to appreciate the coppa, pungent provolone, and whole grain mustard—three very flavorful ingredients that work beautifully together." Read the full post »
6. Ahogada Torta at Xoco in Chicago
6. Ahogada Torta at Xoco in Chicago
"It's a wonderful surprise that the bread maintains some enjoyable chew after its tomato bath. Utensils are not required, but recommended: it would be truly impressive if you managed to plow through the silky pork carnitas and fraternizing drippy carnage without touching a piece of cutlery." Read the full post »
7. Jibarito from Borinquen
7. Jibarito from Borinquen
"Freshly fried to order, the plantains are slathered with mayonnaise, topped with cheese and lettuce, and then stuffed with the meat of your choice. Steak is popular and good, but I have hard time ever saying no to the crispy roast pork." Read the full post »
9. Organic Turkey and Farmhouse Cheddar from Hannah's Bretzel
9. Organic Turkey and Farmhouse Cheddar from Hannah's Bretzel
"It's easy to spend a few dollars extra on a sandwich like this because you know you won't feel greasy or stuffed after consuming it. Hannah's focus on freshness comes through in every bite, making it the perfect quick lunch to grab during a busy work day." Read the full post »
10. The Artisan Cellar's Artisan Cellar Sandwich
10. The Artisan Cellar's Artisan Cellar Sandwich
"You can tell the folks at the Artisan Cellar are proud of this sandwich—they named it after their shop, for one thing. And rightly so, this hearty stack of imported Italian meats and tangy spreads, tucked between fresh and crispy pressed bread, should be a role model for lesser panini to look up to." Read the full post »