In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year--so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around Chicago. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. --The Mgmt.
No matter how unimportant or tangentially related to me, I can celebrate any occasion with a sandwich. So this past Sunday, when other people were preparing to watch two teams from two cities I don't live in play a sport I couldn't know less about, I was preparing to celebrate the occasion with the most colossal, deli meat-filled, jaw-jamming, game day sandwich I could find. I hit the jackpot at The Flower Flat in Lakeview. The BFF ($9) boasts four different kinds of meat (salami, pepperoni, mortadella, and olive loaf), provolone, roasted red peppers, red onion, lettuce, and a red wine vinaigrette that coats the ciabatta, fillings, and your hands in equal proportion.
It's the kind of sandwich that drenches you from nose to chin in oil and meaty juices—its indulgent saltiness temporarily disabling your shame. Although "meat!" is certainly the first thing that comes to mind upon first bite, the flavors of the other fillings clearly shine through. The provolone is thick enough to provide a bit of a chew as well as a tang, the vinaigrette offers a balancing bite, and the boldly flavored peppers and red onion enhance the overall vibrancy of the sandwich. Don't let the delicate bud vases and homey interior of The Flower Flat mislead you: this sandwich will knock you out.