The Ruin Daily

Restaurants, Sandwich shops West Loop
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The team behind Dusek’s and Saint Lou’s Assembly is here to make your lunch hour a little sweeter (and boozier). The bright, airy shop opens early with coffee and pastries for morning commuters before transitioning to sandwiches and adult beverages for the lunchtime crowd. Diners will find funky and classic sandwich options detailed on a roll of brown paper mounted to the wall, including a salmon po’ boy with creamy special sauce and pickles or a stacked Reuben on rye. For something extra, grab light sides (such as pickles and potato salad) from the fridge to compliment your sandwich. You can also spice up your lunch routine with a cocktail; we liked the Barracuda, a summery pineapple-heavy rum drink.

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Atmosphere: Sunny, bright and perfect for lunch.

What to eat: Pick your favorite sandwich and be sure to grab a pickle on the side. 

What to drink: The Barracuda is rummy and sunny with a side of pineapple, but we also enjoyed the tall Michelada.

Where to sit: You’ll have your pick of the litter at the Ruin Daily, but a sunny seat near the window will suit you well for lunch.

By: Elizabeth Atkinson

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Venue name: The Ruin Daily
Contact:
Address: 328 S Jefferson St
Chicago

Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–8pm
Transport: El: Blue line to Clinton. Bus: 7, 60, 125, 126, 157, 755.
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Average User Rating

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tastemaker

I love alcohol in casual settings... it's the Chicago in me. The food was good- a mixture of spicy and sweet, the atmosphere is super casual and it's a great lunch spot in the West loop. 

tastemaker

The Ruin Daily is in an ideal location for loopers.  The prices are a bit high but the portions are large.  I got a chorizo sweet potato and egg brekkie sandwich with a dirty chai. People were jealous when I opened my sandwich at the meeting I went to. They have grab and go items like yogurt parfaits if you're in a hurry. There's also a cute street side patio and there cocktail menu looks unique. I'd like to come back and snag their new boozy snow cones and a buffalo cauliflower sammie on my next go around. 

tastemaker

I stopped in here for lunch when I worked nearby a few months ago (I've since relocated North of the river). I definitely like that they serve booze, and it can double as a good happy hour spot for nearby office workers. As a lunch spot, it's a tad overpriced for what it is (sandwiches). I prefer the menu at St. Lou's from the same owners. I did enjoy my turkey and roast beef sub, but it wasn't anything too special. But the cute decor and atmosphere here makes it a nice place to eat with a friend. 

tastemaker

Very creative sandwiches and awesome atmosphere. Excellent addition to the area.