Cafeteria Marcela in Logan Square is putting out great sandwiches in a friendly, no-frills environment, and the sandwich de bistec is an example of a relatively simple sandwich done extremely well, without pretension, and with plenty of soul.
I was super psyched to try the Grown Up Grilled Cheese sandwich at the Blue Door Farm Stand, despite not knowing whether the Grown Up descriptor referred to me, the eater (wait, am I really an adult?) or to the sandwich itself (does this grilled cheese think it's better than others?).
The pork is falling-apart tender, with just the right amount of fatty bits and burnt edges to give it textural appeal.
The open-faced pork belly grinder at Aberdeen Tap in West Town is a two-handed, I-wish-I-had-a-dinosaur-jaw sandwich, that is unapologetically tasty and daringly large.
Tuna melts are my kryptonite, which explains that whenever I'm at a diner I have to order one. The tuna melt at Palace Grill certainly looks like an impressive, golden, mountain mass of sandwich that you can't wait to get your grubby hands on.
Humbly tucked between a Subway and a Mobil gas station, Just Turkey fulfills every turkey's ambition to be front and center (on days other than Thanksgiving).
Not all good sandwiches need to use inventive combinations and complicated ingredients. All a good sandwich needs is excellent ingredients that meld together well, and sometimes simplicity is the best way to show that.
Located across from the California Clipper, KnockBox Café welcomes the lingering mid-day sojourner with comfortable sofas, funky burlap bag cushions, and a fake fireplace (which gives off little to no heat).
This is not a regular sandwich. It obviously doesn't look like one from the photo, but this is Meli Cafe's version of a breakfast sandwich.
Who doesn't love a BLT? Let's be real: you get to eat bacon and mayonnaise on toast, and the vegetable are co-stars, not after-thoughts. But what about a "gourmet" BLT with egg and gruyère?
A really good po' boy can be tough to find in Chicago, but I found a great Shrimp Po'Boy ($9.50) at DeLux Bar & Grill recently.
It's a very simple sandwich, but that's always been Big Star's strength—nothing too complicated. Just good ingredients and dynamic flavors.
Pop's is probably not worth making a trek for, but it's a dependable and solid local stand, and I'd be lucky to have one nearby.
If you're not in the mood for a filet, the tenderloin steak sandwich is worth checking out.
It's nowhere near as essential as the burger, but that's not really the point of a grilled chicken sandwich, is it? Most people just want chicken that still reasonably juicy, and on that point M Burger does a truly admirable job.
This post title is clearly misleading, right? An apple pie sandwich? Yep, you read it right, except it's nothing like you think—it's a type of grilled cheese.
Instead of trying offer a little bit of everything, Rotisserie in Eataly Chicago only offers two options a day—a rotating daily special and prime rib.
Not that we need some Iowa perspective on our native sandwich, but it's obvious that the restaurant is attempting to address certain issues of most Italian beefs, which is mostly a good and noble thing.
When you're headed to a restaurant that boasts everything will be under 600 calories, it's easy to get wary about what you're getting into.
If you love this French sandwich, Birchwood is a place worthy of creating it.