Friday, November 18, 2011

The Brown Sack

Location: 3581 W Belden
Cost: About $12 per person

It's been a long time since I'd gotten food with my buddy DWeiss. He lives out in Logan Square and usually has some excuse as to why he can't meet me for a meal (i.e. I'm getting too swole at the gym, My tummy hurts, I lost my favorite bandanna and can't leave the house without it, Raffe ate my car keys). So Jeremy and I decided we'd make the trip out to him for lunch last weekend. DWeiss loves this one sandwich place out there, so we met him at The Brown Sack.

Logistics
The Brown Sack is a little wooden shack amidst a whole bunch of residential buildings in Logan Square. They are CASH ONLY. It's one big room with a counter and a few tables. The place is decked out with more jam band posters than Scotty and the Professor's apartments combined. They had a crappy little TV showing the football games, but mostly this just added to the feel of the place. I don't think you have to worry about waiting too long here.

It's an order at the counter operation where you take a number and a seat. The cost of everything is pretty reasonable. The sandwiches were anywhere from $6-9, and milkshakes were $4. The portions were fair but not gigantic or anything. It was a shame that they were out of a few of their specials by the time we got there.

Note: they also deliver to much of the north side of the city.

The Food
DWeiss got the BLAST (bacon, lettuce, avocado, shrimp, and tomato), Jeremy got the Cajun Po-Boy, and I got the Meatball Sub. The BLAST was really something. The bread was nicely toasted, and the creaminess of the avocado balanced well with the snap of shrimp and crisp of bacon. It came with a side of Cole Slaw which was closer to a cabbage heavy waldorf salad. It was creamy and sweet, and probably one of the better slaws I've had in a while. The Po-Boy had spiced turkey and ham with a romaine slaw. It definitely packed a punch, but the spices complimented each other well. It was so good that Jeremy wouldn't shut up about it for a week. My meatball sub was pretty good. It was really really heavy on the meat which was flavorful and savory. I would've liked more sauce. The potato salad it came with was pretty bland, so I'd definitely say to get the slaw for your side. I also ordered a chocolate milk shake that was thick and delicious. It wasn't as thick as the one at Superdawg, but the texture was just right so that I couldn't chug it.

The Meatball Sub

The Potato Salad

The Cajun Po-Boy

The Cole Slaw

 The BLAST

The Chocolate Milkshake

Overall
Besides a few hiccups the meal was practically perfect. The BLAST and the Cajun Po-Boy were really strong sandwiches. The coleslaw and milkshake made for some great accompaniments. I don't think I'd keep trekking to Logan Square, but now that I know they deliver, I think this will be my go to sandwich spot. I'm giving them 4.5 out of 5 Pearls.


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