Editor's Note: In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year--so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the Windy City. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know
Why does everyone get this kind of sandwich wrong? If the cured ham isn't sliced too thick, then too much is heaped on top. Even if the meat isn't off, it's often housed in a doughy, tough roll, where one tortuous bite can dislodge all of the layers of the sandwich. Then all you're left with is a shockingly bland sandwich and some sore teeth. But the Jamon, Jamon ($7.50) at Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe in Kenwood absolutely nails it. From the crackly bread to the thinly sliced and perfectly proportioned Serrano, this sandwich should stand as a model for how to do things right.
The bread and ham may be the foundation, but Z & H—which also has a location in nearby Hyde Park—also adds a couple flavorful condiments that truly set this sandwich apart. Quine paste lends a subtle sweetness, while a fiery Dijon mustard helps align all the different elements. Too much of either, and everything would be off. Yet, even with some mixed greens and roasted tomato, nothing gets in the way, making for a compact package that you won't have to unhinge your jaw to finish.
Zaleski & Horvath Marketcafe
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