We don't want to get all hyperbolic, but we're unsure if any other neighborhood equals Lakeview in the quantity and diversity of its cheap eats. Sure, the Chicago classics are covered, including some of the best examples of burgers, hot dogs, and pizza in the city. But what we love the is the mix of new and old.
'bun mi express' on Serious Eats
Like all great versions of the Vietnamese sandwich, the Saigon Classic Special ($4.85) at Bun Mi Express is carefully proportioned. The bread is crackly and airy, and the pleasing funk of the headcheese gets cut by the acidic carrots.
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.