A Sandwich a Day: The Ham and Raclette Panino at Lula Cafe
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!
Before I begin this post, I need to make one thing clear, for the sake of transparency: I love Lula Cafe. I love it a lot. And not in a mere "this is my favorite restaurant in Chicago" kind of love, which is a steep claim on my part. No, love in an "I can not in good conscious leave anything on this plate despite the feeling that my digestive tract is going to burst, because it would be unconscionable to waste this delicious food" kind of love. So, dear reader, you'll have to excuse my bias. But exaggeration notwithstanding, I've never had a meal at this long-time Logan Square dining staple I didn't fawn over, despite feeling as though I've eaten myself to the aforementioned brink of intestinal rupture. That's because the chefs have a knack for pairing everything in a way where each taste uniquely compliments the other.
Lula's Ham and Raclette Panino ($10) is no exception to the cafe's standard of deliciousness. An upscale version on the traditional ham and cheese sandwich, the panino takes locally sourced ham and mild raclette cheese, and tops it with a fried farm egg. Radish, salad greens and pickled onion garnish. It's then all pressed together between two slices of fresh bread slathered in black currant mustard. The currants add a sweet element to the mustard's spicy tang, while the the pickled onions and radish slices' sharp, vinegary taste compliment the honey-like ham. It's a sandwich worth savoring, and I say that objectively.