[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

And the award for the largest pork tenderloin sandwich in Chicago goes to... Hash House a Go Go in the Gold Coast. Sure, this is a notoriously rotund sandwich, one that features a pounded and fried pork tenderloin so large it often drapes over the side of the pate it is served on. But Hash House takes this oversized sandwich to a whole other level. The Big O' Crispy Hand Hammered Pork Tenderloin Sandwich ($13.95) is so big, my picture honestly can't do it justice. I'll just say that there's a reason the sandwich comes with a steak knife, because you'll need to hack off a good three-fourths of the meat before you'll have a reasonable chance of picking this up.

Sure, it's big, but is it any good? Besides being impossible to eat at first, the tenderloin is well seasoned and crispy. It could be little juicer, but it's a good base, which is kind of remarkable considering its size. Unfortunately, it comes on a wheat bun that is much too firm and distinctive. With so much pork to eat, a fluffy white bun would have been a better fit. Luckily, I had well over half of the meat left at the end of the meal, so I was able to reconstruct the sandwich at home to my exact specifications.

Hash House a Go Go

1212 North State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610 (map)


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