Attention all sandwich lovers! Have you found your perfect match? Your sandwich match that is. If you haven’t or if you might think you have, think again! This August is National Sandwich Month and I’m excited to share a few restaurants that will be celebrating this glorious “holiday.” It’s hard to pick your favorite, but these 9 restaurants have made it very easy (or maybe hard?) to decide.
From a fried chicken classic to the ultimate BLT, we have compiled a list of the best places to order sandwiches in Chicago. And don’t get discouraged if you’re vegetarian or Gluten-Free because we’ve got you covered. So take a peek at these hot spots to find where to celebrate National Sandwich Month this August in Chicago. And remember, the best snack for the beach is a sand-wich.
Celebrate National Sandwich Month all August long at the West Loop hotspot. If you are looking for the best restaurants with delicious sandwiches in Chicago, diners can indulge in the “Country Chicken Sandwich” made with Cornflake-Crusted Fried Chicken, Creamy Slaw, and a Chipotle Aioli. Also on the menu, diners can order “The Smoked BBQ” sandwich featuring House Smoked Pork Belly, topped with Dill Pickles, Crispy Onions, on a Brioche bun.
Available during brunch service, diners can take a bite into the juiciest “Heirloom Tomato BLT” at this West Town hotspot. Served on a brioche bun, the ultimate BLT is served with dukes mayo, neuskes bacon, little gem lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, hot sauce, and is served with a side of crispy potatoes.
Cured meats are the foundation of the newly-opened Lardon. Good luck trying to leave Lardon after you order their Hotel California. Take a bite of stacked in-house smoked turkey, pepper jack cheese, avocado, pickled red onion, and black pepper bacon between two slices of fresh-baked sourdough bread. This sandwich will get stuck in your head.
Indulge in the signature sandwiches at The Smith available during weekday lunch or weekend brunch in Chicago. Diners can choose from a variety of handcrafted sandwiches including the “Veggie Burger Royale” which includes a slow-roasted veg + quinoa patty, cheddar, pickled beets, shredded lettuce, red onion, secret sauce, on a sesame brioche bun. Also available, diners can bite into a Grilled Chicken Sandwich featuring burrata, tomato jam, basil aioli, on toasted ciabatta bread.
Let yourself take a break and go to Recess in Chicago. Diners will enjoy the beautiful Chicago skyline while on Recess’s spacious patio, and they can dive into their Fried Chicken Sandwich for National Sandwich Month. Sweet vinegar slaw, pickles, red onions, and hot sauce mayo top a perfectly crispy fried chicken breast on a bun. Make it gluten-free if you want! All sandwiches are served with your choice of tater tots or a side salad.
You can find Chef Bill Kim’s urbanbelly Hot Chicken Bao Buns at both the Wicker Park location and at their Time Out Market kitchen in Fulton Market for National Sandwich Month. One of Chef Kim’s specialties, hot chicken is served topped with cabbage, pickle, and lemongrass fire sauce on fresh-made bao buns — delicious, colorful, and soon-to-be your new favorite urbanbelly pick.
Cooked in a hearth and served on a loaf of ajvar-spread lepinja bread, Rose Mary’s Cevapi is a must-try traditional Balkan treat for National Sandwich Month. Cevapi are uncased Balkan sausages made of beef and lamb. Enjoy them served with a Serbian roasted red pepper relish made with bell peppers, garlic eggplant, and olive oil. The bread is also served with kajmak, which features feta, cream cheese, sour cream, and parsley. Thin slices of raw red onion finish the plate, but you’ll wish you didn’t finish yours because you’ll want more!
Experience farm-to-table dining in the heart of Downtown Chicago at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. If you are searching for the best fresh sandwiches in Chicago, the acclaimed American grill concept offers a menu featuring the Midwest’s best meat, freshwater fish, and produce. To celebrate National Sandwich Month, enjoy Executive Chef Leonard Ventura’s BBQ Brisket Sandwich made with shredded BBQ, brisket, onions on a brioche bun. Steps from Lake Michigan and Millennium Park, FireLake is an inviting showcase for the excellent food and welcoming spirit that define our city.
Lost Larson’s Scandinavian roots are on full display with their smørrebrød or Danish open-faced sandwiches, available each day in their Andersonville bakery. Each order is served with chips or salad, and you can choose from their smoked salmon, avocado, ham, and cheese, or a turkey club for lunch. Freshly milled, locally sourced flour from whole grains on a traditional stone mill produces the freshest baked bread available in Chicago. It’s time you found Lost Larson.