Archive for October, 2011

Bad Apple


2011
10.23

Frenchie Burger

Had a chance to revisit a great burger bar in North Center this weekend. Living up on the north side it’s always great to see neighborhoods like Lincoln Square and North Center getting better bars with wider selections of beer and food. Located on the northwest corner of 4300 N Lincoln, you’ll find Bad Apple packed on the weekend with plenty of people waiting in line for some eats and drink.

Drink-wise I kept my selection simple: Green Flash Double Stout. Somehow this brew had 8.8% ABV but was smooth as a stout with half the ABV. This Green Flash might be my new favorite beer, with seemingly as deep of a beer menu as Hopleaf or Map Room, the possibilities were truly endless. Bad Apple also boasts a cocktail menu, beer cocktail menu, and there are an endless varieties of beers on tap along with ciders.

Food wise, I have yet to try any appetizers but I’ve had the Frenchie burger twice and am addicted. Upgraded to pretzel roll and bacon, the Frenchie is loaded with spinach, brie, and fried onions. Ordered medium rare, the burger comes with a good shade of red. Fries come with options, I usually add garlic and truffle.

If you are looking for something interesting on the northwest side and have a craving for fine beers and a wicked burger, do yourself a favor and head on to Bad Apple.

#70 – Banh Mi at Saigon Sisters


2011
10.02
The Classic Banh Mi

The Classic Banh Mi

Today we’re looking at banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich with French influences. Take a baguette, load it up with ham, pate, pickled veggies, and jalapeno and you’ve got yourself one heck of a sandwich. The best banh mi is fresh with a nice crispness to the bread. Luckily, when I am in need of banh mi Saigon Sisters is only a few blocks away from work and the only banh mi you’ll find within miles of the Loop.

Better than Ba Le, Nhu Lan, or other imitations, Saigon Sisters in the best in banh mi north side or south side. Once you’ve stepped inside Saigon Sisters,┬ácheck out their chalkboard menu but go straight for the classic and you won’t regret it. I like a dab of Sriracha on my banh mi and the classic served on a fresh baguette will be the perfect banh mi for lunch. Layers of ham and a generous layer of pate makes for a perfect downtown lunch that won’t knock you out. Here is a sampling of banh mi from @saigonsisters:

Haute Dog Banh Mi

Haute Dog Banh Mi

The Haute Dog features all-beef hot dog served on the same fresh baguette with tomato, mayo, some mint, and pickled daikon (radishes for the uninitiated). I haven’t had hot dog in a baguette since I was in Germany, so the Haute Dog passes the test.

Meatball Banh Mi

Meatball Banh Mi

Do you like meatball sandwiches? Add some Vietnamese flavor and you’ve got yourself the best of both worlds.

Beef Pho

Beef Pho

Saigon Sisters also has other goods that’ll whet your appetite if you ever deviate from the banh mi mastery. The first time I went with a coworker and we ended up eating a banh mi and bowl of pho apiece, promising us an instant trip to sleepiness, particularly when you throw a bao or two in.

Pork Belly Bao

Pork Belly Bao

You really can’t escape Saigon Sisters without trying a bao or two or three. These little guys have the jalapeno, daikon and I love the pork belly the best. A delightful side snack when beasting the best banh mi in the city. Stop in at Saigon Sisters to get your banh mi on, and if you’re chained to your desk you can always call and have them deliver or cater your next company lunch!