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The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2015: burgers and sandwiches

These sandwiches—with smoked tofu, fat meatballs and sweet lobster—are the best things between sliced bread

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Amy Cavanaugh
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Chicago's burger craze continued this year, and two very different burgers made our list. But this list is about more than just beef—we loved the smoked tofu sandwich at Smalls Smoke Shack & More, fell for the duck fat dog at the Duck Inn, easily one of the best hot dogs in Chicago, and added a newcomer to our list of the best lobster rolls.These are the best burgers and sandwiches of the year.

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Double cheeseburger at Community Tavern
  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Portage Park
  • price 2 of 4
A great burger should be required of all neighborhood restaurants. Portage Park dwellers are lucky to have this double cheeseburger, with melted cheddar, grilled onions and a tangy sauce made with habanero, anchovy paste and ketchup. $16. 
Happy lobster roll from Happy Lobster Truck
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Happy lobster roll from Happy Lobster Truck

The cheerful truck launched this summer and instantly began serving one of Chicago’s best lobster rolls, with sweet, tender lobster slicked with mayo and butter and served on a burger bun for easy eating. $17.
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Clam belly at Wyler Road
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Logan Square
Clam bellies are frustratingly hard to find in Chicago, so that makes Wyler Road’s clam sandwich extra special. Perfectly fried plump bellies are tucked into a bâtard with crisp bacon and a squiggle of lemon aioli. $14.
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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • West Loop
  • price 2 of 4
Avec’s lunch service didn’t come a moment too soon, since you need to eat as many slow-roasted pork sandwiches, decked out with marinated carrots, turnips and cilantro and spicy harissa aioli, as possible in this lifetime. $12. 
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