A Sandwich a Day: The Whole Pig at Swim Café

A Sandwich a Day

Reviews of Chicago sandwiches.


[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

Swim Café is the kind of place where you aren't judged for ordering a cup of coffee and taking up residence at a tiny table while you catch up with old friends for three hours on a lazy Sunday morning. But if you require something a little more substantial than coffee to get through a three-hour chat fest, The Whole Pig ($9.85) will take you on a hearty three-layer journey through pork.

Gruyere and a peppery slaw join thin layers of ham, bacon,and house roasted pork on a pretzel roll, which, surprisingly enough, is the most exciting part of the sandwich. It actually has the chew and taste of a real pretzel thanks to a sprinkling of just enough salt to complement the fillings.

Swim Café

1357 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642 (map)