Tuesday was “National Sandwich Day.” How did you spend it? I headed over to Jerry’s in Chicago’s very vibey Wicker Park neighborhood to try one of their self-proclaimed “cosmic sandwiches.”
Jerry’s is a very cool sandwich joint/bar which is
located about 3 blocks west of the Division ‘L’ stop and 4 blocks south of the Damen ‘L’ stop, along the CTA Blue Line. The #70 Division and #50 Damen buses will take you there as well. So, leave the car at home!
What’s so “cosmic” about this place? To start, Jerry’s offers over one hundred creative and tasty sandwiches, including burgers. Another one hundred or so North American beers are available to pair with your meal. Live music rounds off the Jerry’s experience (only available at this Wicker Park location). What’s not to love? It’s burgers, beer and rock ‘n roll, baby!
The menu at Jerry’s can be overwhelming. Luckily, the sandwiches are broken out into meat, seafood and veggie options. There are even some vegan choices. Feel like creating your own unique sammi? Just let your server know. Here’s how my lunch went down:
i was trying to avoid meat and dairy this week, in an effort to shed a few pounds. That said, I averted my eyes from the jaw-dropping meaty part of the menu and skipped right to the seafood choices. I zeroed in the roasted salmon with avocado, crispy radishes, cilantro, lettuce and barbecue sauce on seeded wheat bread. I chose wisely 🙂
The salmon was cooked just right. Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. The buttery avocado, crispy and peppery radishes and tangy bbq sauce lived in perfect harmony on the soft wheat bread.
Every sandwich at Jerry’s comes with a choice of two sides. I chose the greens with vinaigrette and the warm, spiced apples. Delicious!
Not in the mood for a whole sandwich? No, worries! you can have 1/2 sandwich with your choice of soup and 1 side for the same price as a full sandwich.
Fun Fact: Jerry’s was named for badass rock guitarist, Jerry Garcia, who holds a special place in the heart of the owner and former “Deadhead,” Mark Bires.
I’m looking forward to returning again soon for more awesome sandwiches, the beer menu. (Note: Jerry’s has a full bar menu, as well) and some live tunes.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Blue Line, #70 Division or #50 Damen buses to Jerry’s. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!