Lincoln Park's Bourgeois Pig Cafe is a favorite of DePaul students (my wife included), and for good reason. The menu is expansive (over 25 sandwiches alone!), and the antiqued-out space boasts the type of charm that Potbelly's wishes it could replicate. This, added to the fact that the Pig stuffs its sandwiches with Boar's Head meat and refreshingly crisp veggies, means I will definitely be working my way through the menu. I decided to start big with the Dagwood Special ($11.95), a sandwich I'm pretty sure would have made its namesake proud.
Sourdough bread is spread with mayo, dijon mustard, and basil pesto before being stacked with oven roasted turkey, black forest ham, roast beef, bacon, provolone cheese, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper, avocado, romaine lettuce, red onions, and alfalfa sprouts. Whew! If you can believe it, the whole thing was surprisingly balanced and not at all messy (until the very end when the condiments got the better of the bread). Swapping out the cucumber for a pickle would brighten things up a bit, though. Minor quibble aside, the Dagwood plus a salad is more than a princely meal for two.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be napping on the couch until my curvaceous (but not at all blonde) wife has need of me.