Now that we're all grumbling and back at the office, we can at least take solace in good lunches while we despair at our desks. I am happy to report, however, that there is now another place that offers bánh mì in the Loop, bringing the total number of places to two. Good job, downtown Chicago.
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Giuseppe Scurato was born in Sicily and serves contemporary American food with an Italian slant at his Uptown restaurant Ceres' Table. He walked us through his picks for where he likes to eat in Edgewater and Uptown.
I thought I knew all there was to know about the bánh mì, but in the past few years, a number of new places have opened around Chicago hoping to appeal to the sandwich's growing fan base. I decided to sample the scene, to see if there was anything I was missing.
Every once in a while you come across a sandwich that so grabs your attention that you wonder whether you'd ever want to eat anything else. We asked all of our contributors to pick out their favorite sandwich in Chicago, and the picks are as diverse as you'd expect, from gut-busting behemoths to nicely proportioned ones.
Encased in glass and heat lamp lit from above are a selection of egg rolls and other fried appetizers. Generally, the first rule of TGI Fry-Day is "heat lamp = bad," but given the quality of Ba Le's bánh mì sandwiches, I figured I'd trust their judgment and give something a try.
It's too easy to walk into Ba Le, take one look at the menu, and order the Number 1: the classic bánh mì. But next time you're craving the assurance of satisfaction that comes with a well-known classic but want something a little different, the Meatball Bánh Mì ($3.95) is a great place to start.
Like any mortal, I occasionally crave a fat slice of chocolate cake, but most of the time, I like to seek out all the wonderful cuisines that so happen to also be free of gluten. Here's a tour of some of my favorite places.