Friday, August 3, 2012

Luke's Lobster

Imagine you're walking the streets of NYC. Everything is busy as hell, everyone's rushing around you, sirens blasting in your ears, the sun beaming on your neck, sweat dripping down your face, and all you want to do is sit down and eat a fucking sandwich. Not any sandwich, though. You're not about to walk into one of these 7-11 style convenience stores disguised as a "deli." Then, right when you're about to give up, a sign appears before you with an old lifesaver and rope hanging around it like it belongs on a dock in Maine. "LUKE'S LOBSTER," it reads.

You walk in and the sweet aroma of lobster fills your nose. Old fisherman decor is scattered around the place and some good, chill indie rock that you've never heard before plays softly from the kitchen. The menu only has a couple of things, but the main dish is obviously the Lobster Roll. It's listed at a cool $15.00. I know, I know. You're thinking "15 bucks!? That's fucking crazy, man. No way any sandwich is worth that much." Well, I'm here to tell you that you're wrong. Dead wrong.

This sandwich is  5-6 inches of happiness (And yes, ladies. 5-6 inches can make you happy, too). It's a warm, fresh, toasty, buttery bun, filled to the brim with premium, [carefully] hand pulled chunks of lobster (it's not rare to see a full claw) drizzled and sprinkled with their "special sauce and spices." This sandwich is the mecca of all lobster rolls, so next time you're in NYC make SURE you get to Luke's Lobster.

Here's a picture for your drooling pleasure....

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Borinquen (Humboldt Park)

EAT YO SANDWICH IS BACK.  After some much needed peer pressure, I have decided to resurrect the blog in hopes of further spreading the sandwich gospel.  The glorious array of sandwiches served here in Chicago is too magical to keep secret!

We recently visited Humboldt Park in search of the legendary Jibarito sandwich, a Puerto Rican concoction served in only a handful of eateries around the city.  Customer reviews pointed to one restaurant: Borinquen.  On to the sandwich review!

Steak Jibarito (grilled steak, lettuce, tomato, mayo, served on fried plantain)

Obviously, the Jibarito starts off sounding like your run-of-the-mill steak sandwich...that is, until you realize it's served on two generous slices fried plantain.  WHAAA?  Right now, you're probably thinking, "I bet that sandwich is awesome."  If so, you're correct.  The cooled veggies, succulent steak, and hot, crisp plantain make for a flavor explosion words cannot describe.  And don't forget to pile on some of their homemade hot sauce for an extra kick in the ass.  The folks at Borinquen also include some Puerto Rican-style rice and beans, all for a price that puts Chipotle to shame.  My only criticism is that the steak was a bit on the chewy side, but to be clear, the experience as a whole is well worth your time.