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Top 5 Chicago Sandwiches

Hey all,

I'm on an ambitious gastronomic quest and would love a little guidance from some locals. You can help me by answering the following:

If you could only have five more sandwiches in the Bay Area for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Please try to limit them to sandwiches that we could all purchase (i.e. not something that your grandmother makes once a year). Otherwise, you can be fairly liberal in what you decide to count as a sandwich - burger, taco... perhaps even a pork bun if you really feel strongly about it.

Feel free to give a bit of justification for your choices where appropriate.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. > If you could only have five more sandwiches in the Bay Area for the rest of your life, what would they be?

    The Bay Area?

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    1. re: kathryn

      The OP ran this post on three different boards. When he copied and pasted this in the Chicago Board, he obviously forgot to change Bay City to Chicago.

    2. Woops. That's exactly what happened. Not sure how to fix the mistake.

      I apologize for the oversight and impersonal-sounding post, but I really would appreciate any serious feedback. This is for a culinary school project in which I'm trying to demonstrate to classmates the utility and impact of the Chowhound boards. Thank you!

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      1. re: tenedor

        I think you may have sabotaged yourself a bit here.

        Unless you're going to visit all these cities, eat all the sandwiches, and report back, I'm less likely to want to help you. Because I know it's for an experiment. Just my opinion.

        1. re: kathryn

          And then there is the matter of only disclosing your intentions after you've been questioned about posting on multiple boards by DrBruin, wolfe, and others.

          From the posting guidelines:
          "If you're gathering information for a story, we recommend you say so upfront; many hounds will be happy to help if you're open about it. They are often less happy to help if they think you're trying to hide an intention to use their information in a story."

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3676...

          1. re: Windy

            Yeah, part of me knew I would take a beating for this. Guess that still gives me something to report in my project.

            Windy, your point about the posting guidelines is well noted... which is why I hope that now that I have made my motive clear, I will get some honest responses that are just about sandwiches. I like to think that even if I were never to set foot in Chicago, this thread would inevitably benefit somebody. Circulating information is never a bad thing (well, at least not information about sandwiches). God forbid Herm's in Skokie might sell a few extra cheeseburgers and some Hounds will discover something delicious they didn't know about before.

      2. Are you really going to eat sandwiches in L.A., Chicago, the bay area, London, and Miami ? As you have posted this same question on all these boards.

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        1. re: sdv231

          I think he/she answered your question in the post directly above yours. Did you read it?

          1. re: nsxtasy

            corned beef at mannys chicago
            char ched burger poochies skokie
            disaster sandwich sarkis evanston
            als italian beef
            herms double cheeseburger skokie

        2. I'll bite! Here are three that stick out in my mind at the moment, in no particular order...

          Portillo's Combo (w/ hot peppers)
          Ahogado from Xoco
          Al Pastor Torta from Flaco's Tacos

          1. I'd like to add:
            - the Belly Dog at Belly Shack
            - the combo "hot and juicy" at Johnny's
            - the pork jibarito at El Borinquen
            - the fried pork belly sandwich at Brand BBQ.

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            Borinquen Restaurant
            1720 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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            1. re: vrollings

              I agree on El Borinquen!!! Great unique sandwhich. also try Felafel or Shawerma Sandwhich at Salam Lawrence and Kedzie area.

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              Salam Restaurant
              4636 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

              Borinquen Restaurant
              1720 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

              1. re: feysul

                Italian Beef - Cap'n Nemo's
                Cheddar Burger - Paradise Pup
                Char Dog - Poochie's
                Corned Beef on Rye - Kaufman's
                Felafel Jerusalem style - Pita Inn

                1. re: jilter

                  Agree that the cheddar burger at Paradise Pup is very good.
                  Others:
                  Anything at Bari, but especially the Italian with hot giardiniera
                  +1 for Ahogada at Xoco
                  Combo at Al's on Taylor
                  If you're really hungry: the Atomica at Cemitas Puebla