Labriola Ristorante & Cafe Short Rib Sandwich
Labriola Ristorante & Cafe Short Rib Sandwich
photo courtesy of Wagstaff Worldwide, used with permission

As families say farewell to summer and welcome back to school, August celebrates a family staple, the sandwich. August is National Sandwich Month. From simple ham and cheese to spicy salami, the classic sandwich can appeal to everyone’s taste profiles. Chicago restaurants have numerous sandwich offers that are a perfect way to celebrate National Sandwich Month.

The classic sandwich dates back centuries. According to food lore, Earl of Sandwich, John Montague, wanted a food option that would not interrupt his 24 hour gambling session. During his play, a London club provided beef and cheese slices between two pieces of bread. The convenience food of a sandwich was born.

Today, the concept of the sandwich is prevalent. From simple, at home varieties to restaurant, sophisticated creations, the sandwich is more than a convenience food. For the home, a sandwich can be a perfect vehicle to eat more vegetables or try new flavors. Summer fresh tomatoes, sliced avocado or a peppery arugula can add some depth of flavor to the sandwich.

During National Sandwich Month, some Chicago favorite restaurants have amazing sandwich offerings that can satisfy the sandwich cravings. From classic

River Roast

The Cubano: Winner of Restaurant Hospitality’s “Best Sandwiches in America 2015” for the Cuban sandwich category, The Cubano layers smoked pork, ham, housemade chorizo, Chihuahua, pickle, and horseradish sauce on a freshly baked ciabatta

JW Marriott Chicago Lobby Lounge

JW Patty Melt: Ground sirloin, A-1 aioli, onions, cheddar, truffle ketchup, marble rye

Mercat a la Planxa

Bikini Sandwich: Named after Barcelona’s famed Bikini Music Hall’s version of the French Croque Monsieur made with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese, Mercat’s version of this classic dish is made with Truffle Manchego Cheese, Serrano Ham, Toasted Brioche and a Rosemary Peach Jam. Guests who dine on the patio this summer can enjoy the sandwich and a glass of Spanish wine or beer for $10.

La Sirena Clandestina

El Lomito: El Lomito with grilled short rib, lettuce, market tomatoes, and chimichurri mayo.


Braut: With bread described like it tastes as though it came out of Julia Child’s oven, the Braut is the quintessential Chicago sandwich to celebrate National Sandwich Month. The Jalapeno-Cheddar braut is served with sautéed onions.

Fish Bar

Crabby Patty: The Crabby Patty, beloved by the people of Chicago, is a burger-sized crab cake, fried to perfection and simply dressed with old bay mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a pillow-y, toasted bun.

Labriola Ristorante & Cafe

Short Rib Sandwich: Slowly braised short rib, sliced thinly and stacked on a housemade Labriola baguette with caramelized onions, housemade giardiniera, and talaggio fonduta (was named in 2015 the “Best beef sandwich in America” by Restaurant Hospitality magazine).

Freds at Barneys

Turkey Club Sandwich: House-roasted turkey & apple wood-smoked bacon, mayo, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato on New England white bread without the crust.


Pan roasted whitefish sandwich: Pan roasted whitefish sandwich with fennel slaw, spicy pepper remoulade on a brioche bun served with a side of chips


Thai Chicken Sausage Sandwich: Offering guests a chance to try Sepia’s Michelin-starred food at a lower price, this lunchtime sandwich tops a flavorful Thai-style chicken sausage with crisp pickled carrot and daikon finished with fragrant cilantro and mint.

Café Spiaggia

Ocean Trout Piadina: This piadina (in Italy, a flatbread sandwich) is part of Café Spiaggia’s newly revamped menu and is available at lunch. It features flaky ocean trout coupled with creamy mascarpone cheese, crisp radish, salty capers and crunchy lolla rossa (red-leaf lettuce).