Olga's Deli is one of those places that's been around for ages, but it's probably gotten more coverage in the past few months than in the previous decades. After trying it the other day, I hope that continues. But let me back up for a second. What brought me to such an establishment in Irving Park? Well, I'm blaming a slightly bizarre modern-day game of telephone: I read about it in Grub Street, which read about it in the Chicago Reader, which visited because the author heard about it from a friend. Whew... And now, lucky readers, it is time for me to pass this treasure on.
The schnitzel sandwich ($5.00) from Olga's Deli is one of the most ridiculous sandwiches I've ever come across. Featuring five fried layers of meat and measuring approximately six inches tall, this would intimidate even certain gluttonous TV hosts. (Too bad Man vs. Food is done, because I'd have paid big money to see Adam Richman tackle four of these.) I was surprised to see that the meat was fried ahead of time, but it holds up well, remaining incredibly tender and juicy. Whatever the crust loses in crispness it makes up for with flavor; each bite is heavily seasoned with salt and pepper, so much so that besides some mayo this sandwich needs no other condiments. Which is telling, since if you finish this whole thing, you won't have to eat for another day.
3209 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618 (map)
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