A Sandwich a Day: The Ribeye Sandwich from Billy Goat Tavern

A Sandwich a Day

Reviews of Chicago sandwiches.

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[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

You know, it seems almost criminal to go to the Billy Goat Tavern and not order a cheeseburger. But to be fair, the Billy Goat Tavern has a surprisingly large menu of other items, including an egg sandwich, corned beef, Italian beef, and, well, a ribeye sandwich ($5.25)? Why did I use a question mark? The world will never know?

The thinly sliced ribeye is served on that familiar chewy and slightly stale-tasting kaiser roll, which we have our gripes about, and is woefully underseasoned. And by underseasoned, I mean, completely devoid of anything, even salt. It's also a bit tough in spots, which makes it difficult to recommend. If you're not in the mood for a burger, get one of the egg sandwiches instead (I can vouch for them), but, really, you just want a double cheeseburger and some of those great pickles.

Billy Goat Tavern

430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60611 (map)