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A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Roll at City Porch

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Lobster rolls are expensive. That I accept. Especially here in Chicago, where the coast of Maine is a good thousand miles away, I'm willing to occasionally shell out $20 or more for one. It doesn't even have to be traditional. As long as it's tasty, a chef can dress that thing up with whatever he or she thinks is best. All I ask is that the lobster be sweet, juicy, and left in nice large hunks.

What I can't accept is shredded lobster meat. Honestly, I didn't even know it was possible to manhandle lobster in such a way, but City Porch somehow figured how. Sure, this "pop-up" restaurant from the America's Dog folks is located in Navy Pier, so perhaps I had it coming. But at $18, I certainly paid for someone to care.

With so many great sandwiches around, I don't like wasting time writing about the bad. But considering it's in the middle of Chicago's biggest tourist attraction, I feel like a warning is warranted. Overpriced food is one thing, but overcooked lobster should never be tolerated.

City Porch

600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (map)
Southeast End of Navy Pier
312-595-5560
cityporchchicago.com

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