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!
Nothing beats a ham and cheese sandwich. Well, nothing except, say, a ham and cheese sandwich with a swipe of dijon mustard hidden inside. Oh, but what about that sandwich covered in fluffy, silky béchamel sauce, more cheese, and then topped with a fried egg? Then, holy baby wow, you've got a Croque Madame ($8.00 for sandwich, +$2 for fried egg) from Troquet. Pair that with a beer and some fries imbued with a deep russet flavor, which also skirt the territory between golden and mahogany, and you've got a delicious, albeit heavy, lunch on a lazy fall afternoon. Unless if you finish your plate like I did.
By the way, the French Dip ($12) isn't too shabby either. Most of the items on the menu are $12 or under and are well executed. It's just a few doors down from Glenn's Diner, so if your date night gets screwed, you can slip on by and pretend you had it planned the whole time. Trust me, it'll work—I'm the king of screwing up date night.
About the author: After a failed attempt at starting a chain of theme restaurants called "Smellen Keller," Dennis Lee traveled the world to discover his true passion. Sadly, midwifery didn't pan out. Now he works in a cubicle, and screws around as much as possible. Follow his shenanigans on Twitter.