Editor's Note: 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 the Windy City. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know
It would make sense that a restaurant dedicated to recreating the cuisine of coastal Maine in Chicago would have a lobster roll on the menu. Just don't go looking for it on Acadia's elegant dinner menu. Instead, park yourself up front at the restaurant's bar, which, as it turns out, is not a bad place to be. With an astonishing new cocktail program (which Roger wrote about recently) and a gorgeous, well-lit space, it's the ideal atmosphere to sample one of the best new lobster rolls in town.
The lobster roll ($16) is as stripped down and sparse as the surroundings. (Note: I split this with my wife, so I only photographed half of it.) Succulent and sweet lobster come tossed with only a little paprika, chive, and warm butter. The hunks are nestled in a buttered Deer Isle bun, which is shipped in from Maine. With so much butter going on, a few of the bites can be a little too rich, but that's a small price to pay for a version of the Maine classic as good as this one. Plus, the salt and vinegar chips on the side can't be beat.