Slideshow: Top 10 Chicago A Sandwich a Day Posts of the Year

The Top 10 A Sandwich a Day Posts of 2012
The Top 10 A Sandwich a Day Posts of 2012
We ate 259 sandwiches this year, but these are the ten that were the most popular.
Inside-Out Grilled Cheese from Edzo's
Inside-Out Grilled Cheese from Edzo's
"This thing starts off as an ordinary grilled cheese made from two pieces of white bread that are filled with American and Swiss cheese. But what puts it over the top is the layer of shredded parmesan that goes on the outside of the sandwich as it cooks on the part of the griddle ordinarily used to toast hamburger buns. The cheese in between the slices of bread transforms into a gooey layer of melted goodness, while the cheese on the outside turns into something resembling a parmesan tuile that adds a shot of tanginess and gives the sandwich some extra chew." Read more here >>

Edzo's, 1571 Sherman Ave Evanston, IL 60201 (map); 847-864-EDZO (3396)‎; edzos.com

Grilled Cheese at Grahamwich
Grilled Cheese at Grahamwich
"Between the hunks of chewy cheese curds and the buttery crisp on the sliced pullman loaf, this sandwich sits solidly on the indulgent end of the grilled cheese spectrum. I have never understood sliced tomatoes on a grilled cheese—I mean if you're going to go all out and eat a meal comprised of cheese, bread, and butter, why ruin it with some wet tomato slices? But in this case, the tomato relish provides a bright sweetness that regular slices of tomato just can't accomplish." Read more here >>

Grahamwich, 615 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60611 (map); 312-265-0434; http://www.grahamwich.com/

"Liverbest" Sandwich at Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square
"The liverbest sandwich ($5.00) might not be the best joke, but there is no denying the thick slab of creamy liverwurst at its center. Some thinly sliced pickles help add some acid, but I suggest slathering on one of the many fine mustards on the table. Then it transforms into a truly great sandwich, and you don't even need to be sitting on a rooftop drinking Pilsner to understand that." Read more here >>

Gene's Sausage Shop, 4750 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625 (map); 773-728-7243; genessausage.com

The Radical Reuben at Chicago Diner
The Radical Reuben at Chicago Diner
"Instead of beef, this sandwich contains corned 'beef' seitan (mock meat made derived from wheat gluten) that is actually made in-house. The seitan gets soaked in beet juice and pickling brine to impart the beefy-red color and deli-style flavor. After being sliced, it hits the flat top, and then gets topped with grilled onions, peppers, sauerkraut, a vegan Thousand Island dressing and dairy-free cheeze. While the seitan doesn't necessarily provide the same textural consistency as beef, the crispy edges from the sautée are a great touch. More importantly, sandwiched between slices of marbled rye, this take on the reuben looks and tastes the part." Read more here >>

The Chicago Diner‎, 3411 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657 (map); 773-935-6696; veggiediner.com‎

An Ode to the Three Little Piggy Sandwich from the Silver Palm
An Ode to the Three Little Piggy Sandwich from the Silver Palm
"You are ridiculous. You are out of control. But! The secret to your success is that you're a restrained gut-busting sandwich. While there is bacon, there's no 2-inch hunk of fatty pork belly to get through. The ingredients could have added up to a decadent mess, but instead all the elements are able to make their presence known. You don't make sense. But that's okay, because neither does The Silver Palm. This is a restaurant where most of the diners eat in an old dining train car, and which also happens to serve one of the better Margaritas—clean, crisp, and strong—in town. But no matter. When dealing with something this delicious, nothing has to make sense." Read more here >>

The Silver Palm, 768 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (map); 312-666-9322; thesilverpalmrestaurant.com‎

The Benny from NYC Bagel Deli
The Benny from NYC Bagel Deli
"If it looks like an absolute mess, that's because it is; featuring roast beef with horseradish cheddar, giardiniera, caramelized red onions, cilantro, and horseradish sauce, this is one ridiculously overloaded sandwich. Just try to eat it without spilling something on your shirt. But you know what? In it's own way, all the flavors serve a purpose and manage to work together, even though it's hard to figure out why." Read more here >>

New York City Bagel Deli‎, 1001 West North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60642 (map); 312-274-1278; nycbd.com

Turkey and Cheese from Lucky's Sandwich Co.
Turkey and Cheese from Lucky's Sandwich Co.
"The whole fries-in-the-sandwich thing has been done before, but I became more interested in the other elements. The turkey and cheese were thinly sliced and flavorful, while a pile of acidic coleslaw helped cut through the fat. It was all housed in some remarkable thick cut bread, which stood up to the weight of the fillings without buckling." Read more here >>

Lucky's Sandwich Co‎., 717 West Maxwell Street, Chicago, IL 60607 (map); 312-733-5700; luckysandwich.com

The Not-So-Sloppy Joe from Left Bank in Lake Forest
The Not-So-Sloppy Joe from Left Bank in Lake Forest
"Behold! Bask in the glory that is the sloppy joe. I mean, just look at it. And yes, it's really called the Not-So-Sloppy Joe ($5.00, $0.75 for cheese), because rather than serve the sandwich on a Kaiser roll sliced lengthwise, the folks at Left Bank slice off the tip of the bun, puncture a hole into it, steam it, and then jam it full of sweet sloppy joe filling. The finely ground meat bathes in that familiar ultra-sweet, tangy, not-quite barbecue, not-quite ketchup sauce that you normally expect from a sloppy joe." Read more here >>

Left Bank, 659 North Bank Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045(map); 847-234-4770; leftbanklf.com