A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Roll from GT Fish & Oyster

A Sandwich a Day

Reviews of Chicago sandwiches.


[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

When it comes to sandwiches, higher prices generally do not correlate into a better eating experience. In fact, I've probably encountered tastier sandwiches under the $10 mark than above it. But start talking about lobster rolls and suddenly no price seems too absurd, even if the restaurant does little more than plop overcooked lobster into a hot dog bun and call it a day. Still, even I had to do a double take when I realized that the lobster roll at GT Fish & Oyster was a whopping $23. So...how does a $23 sandwich taste?

Pretty freaking amazing. Cool hunks of sweet lobster meat are dressed ever-so-lightly with a house-made mayonnaise, before being nestled in a Labriola roll that has been buttered and grilled. What's most surprising is that while it is artfully presented and dressed, the succulent lobster meat is still the first thing you taste.

Not that it needs anything else, but the plate also comes with a pile of fried onions sticks, which sort of look like the canned French's variety, except that l found the need to eat to devour these by the handful. This makes for some slightly awkward eating. While everyone else at GT politely dined, I was in the corner stuffing my face with this decadent creation. I didn't worry too much; when you pay this much for a sandwich, you can enjoy it pretty much any way you'd like.

GT Fish & Oyster‎

531 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (map)

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