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Chicago's 10 best under-the-radar sandwiches

Published On 07/25/2014 Published On 07/25/2014
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1. The Brown Sack 3581 W Belden Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Humboldt Park)

This Humboldt Park eatery slings some seriously tasty 'wiches, like their creative shrimp BLT with avocado or their traditional PB&J.

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2. Mr. D's Shish-Kabobs 6656 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60707

You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu at Chicago's most well-known, under-the-radar spot in Montclare. Everything at this modest Montclare staple exists to support the true star, the steak sandwich. The sandwich itself is actually pretty simple, too -- a moist rib eye, served with tomato and onion on a French roll -- but itโ€™s still one of the most crave-inducing in the land.

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3. Moon's Sandwich Shop 16 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

This small, old-school diner with warm staff behind the counter has been serving the community since 1933. They've got some award-winning grits and eggs, and definitely don't skimp on the juicy, freshly cut corned beef when it comes to their signature sammy, which is probably why they have such a devout following.

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4. Edzo's Burger Shop 1571 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 (Lincoln Park)

Edzo isn't the name of a creepy clown but of an awesome burger joint with a serious '70s vibe. The patties are made from house-ground chuck that's pressed, griddled, then topped with extras like fried egg or giardiniera relish. The menu includes elevated French fry options -- order them "Crazy" to get a topping of chili, cheese, and chopped onion or "Angry" with four kinds of spices. Edzo's is also known for its milkshakes, which are made the old-fashioned way -- on a slow-mixing spindle machine -- to yield an extra-smooth and creamy texture.

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5. Superdawg 6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

Superdawg opened its doors on the corner of Milwaukee, Devon, and Nagle Avenues in 1948 and became an instant success, wowing Chicagoans with its slightly spicy hot dogs topped with picked green tomato. Today, the classic drive-in still maintains its rep as one of the best spots for hot dogs in the city. You can order from the takeout window or grab one of the small handful of indoor seats, but we suggest you go full-on '50s and pull up to one of the carports and order through the retro call box. You'll want to go for the Superdawg, served on a poppy seed bun and dressed with golden mustard, tangy piccalilli, kosher dill pickle, chopped Spanish onions, and a hot pepper. It comes with a side of scrumptious crinkle-cut fries, too.

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6. La Bomba 3221 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This Puerto Rican food cart also has a brick-and-mortar on Armitage, which you should definitely stop by so you can try the signature steak jibarito ((pronounced hee-bah-ree-to), which has two thin planks of flattened and fried green plantains in lieu of bread, which are still strong enough to hold all the grilled steak, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and melted cheese you can handle.

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7. Ms. Biscuit 5436 S Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60615 (Washington Park)

Ms. Biscuit is full of people waiting to get their hands on the perfect biscuits. You can go plain, or try a ham, egg and cheese sandwich, which just so happens to be the perfect way to start any day.

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8. George's Hot Dogs 1876 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

Ready to hook you up with a full meal for less than $5, this over-60-year-old Bucktown legend has everything from hot dogs and burgers to Italian beef and Philly steaks to gyro and Grecian chicken and salad selections to brutally destroy your hunger while only lightly caressing your wallet. Family owned and operated since 1948, George's offers traditional homemade Greek and American favorites. The Greek Squeeze gyro sandwich is essentially a sub stuffed with gyro meat and topped with melted cheese, grilled onions, tomatoes, and the house-made tzatziki. You won't have to worry about your next meal for days after polishing one off.

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9. Vinnie's Sub Shop 1204 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Hit up Vinnie's Sub Shop and get yourself a monster sandwich -- pile on your own choice of ingredients or go with a classic, like Vinnie's Special that's layered with Italian meats and cheese and Vinnie's Special Oil.

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10. Las Picosas 6430 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629 (Far South Side)

This South Side Mexican eatery is constantly heading in the right direction, with excellent authentic options and some of the best-kept secret sandos in the city.

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