A Sandwich a Day: Salmon BLT at 2 Sparrows

A Sandwich a Day

Reviews of Chicago sandwiches.

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

BLTs are usually about the harmonious combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato—that's why all the components are given equal billing. But nothing about the Salmon BLT ($13) at 2 Sparrows is in balance. Sure, salmon crashes the party, but while the bacon manages to stand out (it is bacon, after all), neither the L or T get much thought. The sandwich is also structurally unsound, which is entirely the salmon's fault. Because it's too long, the fillet juts out both sides of the bun, and since it's too narrow, some bites with the bun have no salmon at all.

So, could you please explain to me why does none of this matters? The salmon is light and flaky, while the bacon is thick, salty, and crunchy. The house-made potato roll is particularly great—soft on the inside and well toasted on the cut sides. Don't call it balanced, but it's a hell of a sandwich.

Oh, and though you can get a side salad, I don't know why anyone would skip the tater tots, four massive, freshly fried balls of shredded potato. This takes the childhood classic to a whole other level.

2 Sparrows

553 West Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614 (map)