Sandwiches! What meat, cheese, and bread lovers dream about
-Did you know that Americans eat almost 200 sandwiches a year?!
History of the Sandwich
Dating back to the 1700’s, the sandwich was said to be the idea of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was quite the gambler and desired the perfect meal of sliced cold beef between two pieces of toasted bread. Here in lies the origin of one the most craveable and satisfying meals known to mankind, the Sandwich!
Around the world
There are so many variations of the sandwich and each culture has had its own spin on it.
-Asia, the banh mi is crispy day old bread sandwiched between a salty sweet pork/beef and topped with pickled sour and fermented vegetables.
-South America, the patacon maracucho is unique because its bread is actually fried plantains with veggies and meat sandwiched in between.
-Mexico, there is the torta; so many variations on this sandwich. My favorite is telera bread topped with crisp fried breaded steak topped with sour cream, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
-Europe, the Croque Monsieur. A grilled ham and cheese sandwich made with gruyere and the cheese is on top of the bread while the ham lays in between the slices of white bread.
-Canada, the smoked meat sandwich. Montreal loves its salted and cured beef brisket. The cured beef is stacked high on rye and topped with grainy mustard. Also, a favorite of Americans with differing versions from the kosher deli all the way to southern smoked meat sandwiches on white bread.
In the United States
Each region in the U.S. appreciates it’s own version of the sandwich. Chicago is known for the Italian beef, while New Orleans deals out the muffuleta and poor boys. The Cuban sandwich is a must have from southern part of Florida; Cuban-style bread, with mustard, roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese and thinly sliced pickles.
L.A. is famous for the French Dip; thinly sliced rare beef on French bread and dipped in au jus. The Lobster roll is a coveted favorite of Maine residents. Piles of lobster lightly tossed in mayo or drawn butter and served on toasted brioche New-England hot dog bun that is split on the top. Or there is the Philly cheesesteak arguably the perfect balance of meat, cheese, veggie, and bread according to Philadelphians.
So how does Lloyd’s Chicago celebrate the Sandwich?
High quality ingredients are of most importance when making even the simplest of sandwiches.
-Lloyd’s Signature burger is the perfect example of how we celebrate the sandwich. It’s all about the bun, meat, cheese quality and ratio. Lloyd’s uses a lightly toasted brioche bun topped with char-grilled burger, Wisconsin cheddar, and crispy smoked bacon. Each week, we feature a new burger from the Chicago style burger to Jalapeno to the breakfast burger topped with a fried egg.
-Lloyd’s Rueben sandwich is home made corned beef and sauerkraut topped with 1000 island dressing on a light rye bread; A great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago.
-Lloyd’s Pork sandwich has Mexican and South American influences. Braised pork, green chili salsa, pickled red onion, shredded lettuce, cilantro and onion, queso fresco, telera bread
-Cajun Turkey Burger showcases New Orleans Cajun flavors. Cajun seasoning, chopped peppers and onions, bacon bits, provolone cheese, chipotle ranch make this one unforgettable turkey burger.
-Lloyd’s New York Strip Sandwich influenced by the Philly cheesesteak has smoked gouda, sauteed onions, garlic aioli on ciabatta.
-Lloyd’s Blackened Whitefish Sandwich with cilantro-lime mayo, pineapple salsa on ciabatta and served with sweet potato fries. This sandwich balances South American, New Orleans, East coast flavors to insure every bite is full flavored and refreshing.
Join us at Lloyd’s Chicago to devour a wide variety of culturally influenced sandwiches! Lunch, dinner, or on the go, Lloyd’s Chicago offers high quality ingredients at affordable prices in Chicago’s Loop for your next business meeting or a casual get together. Reserve your table at Lloyd’s Chicago!