Publican Quality Meats has top quality meats and freshly made bread. It didn't take long for us to realize that if you combine the two you have the potential for some truly stunning sandwiches. Or, at the very least, that was the hypothesis. There was only one way to find out: we had to eat all of the sandwiches on the menu.
Publican Quality Meats
Obviously, the vast selection Publican Quality Meats is impossible to chronicle completely here, and I'd encourage a visit instead to check it all out. But in the meantime, click through the slideshow for a first look inside.
Chicago lived up to the food hype I'd heard so much about. There wasn't a dud bite over the 5-day stretch, from the stunning hibiscus-lemongrass agua fresca at XOCO, to the harissa and prune pork pate at Publican Quality Meats, to the dreamy pies I ate (for breakfast!) at Bang Bang Pie Shop and Hoosier Mama Pie Company.
This is one of those rare case in life where you can judge a book by its cover, or, rather, a post by its title. These sandwiches are ridiculous in how big they are and how sated they leave us feeling.
The turkey sandwich is one of the most ubiquitous menu items out there. At its worst, the sandwich is little more than a banal choice for those looking for the unoffensive. But some places like to twist the turkey sandwich, using better ingredients or techniques, to really highlight the best of what the bird can do.
If there is one thing you can count on us to do, it's eat sandwiches. As was the case in 2012, we ate more sandwiches than any casual observer would think possible. Yet, once again, the more we ate, the more new places popped up to keep us busy. If you have the time, check out our massive archives, but for the rest of you, take a look at the most popular sandwiches of 2013.
I had a hunch that the many of Chicago's best steaks weren't in steakhouses. So I took a more circuitous route, one that still allowed for a few traditional heavy hitters, but left just as many behind. Here are the results.