Top 10 Standing Room Only Posts of 2012

[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger]

Will Chicago ever run out of stands to visit? I doubt it. Just when I think I've uncovered every walkup window in the metropolitan area, I come across an unsuspecting option hidden in plain sight. Sure, most underwhelm with mediocre food and worse service, but occasionally I'll stumble upon a genuine surprise, which inspires me to get out there and find more.

That's definitely the case with my search for the gym shoe, which also happens to be the popular Standing Room Only post of 2012. Actually, it gathered up more than three times as many hits as the next more popular post.

Check out the glory of the gym shoe, along with the rest of the top ten, by clicking on the slideshow.

  1. In Search of the Gym Shoe, Chicago's Unsung Sandwich
  2. Hamburger Heaven Express
  3. The Meatloaf Bakery
  4. Phil's Last Stand
  5. Half Pound Burger Worth the Wait at Mustard's Last Stand
  6. Rotten Johnny's
  7. Felony Franks
  8. Pastrami Perfection at Fumare Meats
  9. Lito's Empanadas
  10. Fat Johnnie's Mother-In-Law Deserves Fame