I’m breaking out in deadlines all over, so home-cooked meals have fallen by the wayside this month. Fortunately I live in the greatest sandwich town on earth. For example:
This is the Lechon sandwich from 90 Miles to Cuba. Warning: Their website is atrocious and plays music. However, P. and I would be happy to redesign it in exchange for their delicious sandwiches. It has roast pork, onions, plantains, and fresh lettuce, and a little bit of garlic sauce mashed between toasted bread. Order it with fried yucca drizzled with garlic sauce and a mango shake. And a cafe con leche (hot sweet coffee with condensed milk):
My other standby sandwich in this time of deadlines is the lox special from Beans & Bagels.
Cream cheese, lox, capers, red onion, tomato, spinach on the bagel of your choice. You may also be interested to know that they’ve recently hired a pastry chef named Jean-Yves away from Dinkel’s. He makes tarts, mousses, and croissants that are better than croissants I’ve eaten in France. Some of them are filled with almond paste (my favorite), or chocolate, or cheese, or spinach, or ham and cheese (ask them to toast it for you and you have lunch!).
Some of the other greatest sandwiches in Chicago are:
- Croque Monsieur from Cafe Selmarie.
- Anything from Hot Doug’s – my favorite ever is an italian sausage dressed with pesto, fresh tomatoes, and burrata cheese.
- A sliced brisket sandwich from Smoque.
- A lamb kabob or kefte sandwich from Semiramis.
- The steak sandwich or shrimp B.L.T. po’ boy from Glenn’s Diner.
- The tortas you’ll wait an hour for at Xoco.
What’s your favorite sandwich at your favorite sandwich joint?