Editor's Note: In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year--so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the Windy City. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know!
I always love little grocery stores that also function as restaurants, especially when they have countertops in the back. Take Bari, for example. Bari's a teeny tiny little Italian grocery store with a butcher and deli counter in the back, where you can get some truly solid sandwiches.
My neighborhood recently(ish) got a little grocery store that sells organic produce, meat, and other necessities called Plenty Grocery and Deli. If you're looking for a sandwich in the neighborhood other than the Jimmy John's across the street, pop in and mosey towards the back. You'll see a deli counter where everything is sliced and assembled to order.
The roast beef and horsey cheddar ($8.00) is a two-meal-sized sandwich decked out with roast beef, horseradish cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and any condiments you request, which in my case meant horseradish mayo. The roast beef is tender and peppery, with a touch of horseradish bite from the cheese, and an additional horseradish hit pops in with the mayo. The Tuscan bread is spongy and fluffy, yet a bit chewy, and the cool lettuce and tomato round out a solid deli sandwich. Part of the fun, though, is wandering around the store while you wait.