SANDWICH TOUR: Chicago, Illinois

  • 01 of 09

    Slurping Turtle

    Slurping Turtle Bao
    Slurping Turtle Bao. Grilled Cheese Social

     Slurping Turtle

    116 W Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654

    We started our sandwich tour at @slurpingturtle, which was recommended by our Detroit sandwich homie @brownboyswag (who co-authored our Ann Arbor sandwich tour), for some of their pork belly steamed buns + ramen... And yeah, they were definitely an A+.

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  • 02 of 09

    Hannah's Bretzel

    Hannah's Bretzel
    Hannah's Bretzel. Grilled Cheese Social

    Hannah's Bretzel

    400 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654 

    Next on the list was @hannahsbretzel. where we enjoyedthe most gorgeous serrano ham, manchego, homemade fig chutney + shaved fennel pretzel baguette! Hannah's is especially awesome because of their high standards they hold when running their business. No funny business here, just pure wholesome ingredients made with the best stuff on earth. 

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  • 03 of 09

    Little Goat Diner

    Little Goat DIner
    Little Goat DIner. Grilled Cheese Social

    Little Goat Diner

    820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607 

    You might have heard of this amazing "diner", created by one of the most awesome Top Chef ladies in history - Stephanie Izard. Stephanie is one of Chicago's iconic chefs and her Little Goat Burger is no joke. Piled high with a goat patty, braised beef, BBQ pork, approximately 1 million different pickles, onion rings, piri piri sauce + melted cheddar on brioche, this sandwich needs a knife and a fork.

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  • 04 of 09

    XOCO

    XOCO
    XOCO. Grilled Cheese Social

    XOCO

    449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 

    We also hit up XOCO, a Mexican fast food style restaurant created by another one of Chicago's top chefs, Rick Bayless. We tried a few things (eh hem loaded guacamole oh my god) but most importantly, the ahogada, which is made with golden pork carnitas, black beans, + pickled onions submerged in tomato-arbol chile broth!

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  • 05 of 09

    Spotted Monkey

    Spotted Monkey
    Spotted Monkey. Grilled Cheese Social

    Spotted Monkey

    335 S Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606

    Spotted Monkey is a little Asian-Latin fusion restaurant in the heart of downtown Chicago. We tried both of their breakfast banh mis but were totally enthralled with their picadillo beef + egg banh mi with chipotle aioli. 

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  • 06 of 09

    Cafecito

    Cafecito
    Cafecito. Grilled Cheese Social

     Cafecito

    7 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60602

    Although it was 1 degree the morning we stopped by Cafecito, we warmed right up when we tried their cuban roast pork sandwich with caramelized onions, guava BBQ sauce, pineapple jicama slaw + cheesy scrambled eggs. They also have a vegetarian breakfast sandwich made with cheesy scrambled eggs, tomato, and house made chimichurri that was truly amazing. 

     

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  • 07 of 09

    Bang Bang Pie

    Bang Bang Pie
    Bang Bang Pie. Grilled Cheese Social

    Bang Bang Pie

    2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

    I don't typically order many grilled cheese sandwiches since I've been blogging about it for so many years, but this one from Bang Bang Pie is not to be missed. Made with homemade pimento cheese, that's studded with beautiful chunks of gorgonzola (or blue?), grilled between a split biscuit and served with a homemade seasonal soup - this time a classic tomato bisque. 

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  • 08 of 09

    Au Cheval

    Au Cheval
    Au Cheval. Grilled Cheese Social

    Au Cheval

    800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

    We heard about Au Cheval from almost everyone when we mentioned that we were on a sandwich tour of Chicago... but everyone said we had to try the burger. After reading about it and seeing all the buzz, I felt like that had been covered enough so I wanted to try something that struct me as innovative. Cue their house-made fried bologna sandwich with american cheese. It may not get all the attention it deserves but man, it won our hearts. 

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  • 09 of 09

    Bottlefork

    Bottlefork
    Bottlefork. Grilled Cheese Social

    Bottlefork

    441 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 

    Talk about a sweet and savory burger! Bottlefork's wondrous creation featured a medium cooked Tall grass beef patty, DEEP FRIED BACON, melted white cheddar, rosemary aioli, chili + a big ole drizzle of bourbon syrup!