07 March 2013
2) PB&L at PQM
Our second sandwich of Chicago Mag's 50 Best Sandwiches (2012) was the PB&L from Publican Quality Meats. Both Moriah and I have posted entries on Edie and Andy about our ongoing love affair with PQM, so it should not be surprising that one of their sandwiches ended up on the best-of-sammy list. My only real commentary is that given that Mo, my father, and I are all blatantly crushing on PQM (and some of their servers...) why aren't more of their sandwiches on the Chicago Mag 2012 list? I feel like PQM consistently puts out some of the best sandwiches in the city - if not the country, so why not more love from Chicago Mag?
The PB&L is short for pork belly and lamb, all of which are beautifully combined into my favorite form - sausage. Real talk: is there nothing better than a well-made encased meat? As a life-long Chicagoan and bonafide hot dog lover, this sandwich really has everything I could want and more. A flavorful sausage, a spicy/tangy seasoned red sauce, crumbled feta, and chopped cilantro atop a well made bun, served with a spicy house pickle and my one-true-vice; chips. Yes, the dog is a bit big for my mouth, and yes it might be difficult to eat "gracefully" but I'm a lady who loves her dogs, and this dog is top dog. Ya feel me?
Final rating: I give this sandwich three point five stars. It's a delicious dog, made on site, served hot and ready. It's not pretentious, but it's also not really a sandwich... right? I mean does a hot dog really fall into the sandwich category? A square is a rectangle, but not all rectangles are squares. I feel like as far as sandwiches go, this hot dog is more of a rhombus. A delicious rhombus, if you know what I'm sayin'?