Which is the better option: Hannah's Bretzel or Which Wich?
1/2Photograph: Nicole Radja
2/2Photograph: Nicole Radja
By Lisa Shames|
SPLURGE Italian Parma ham and goat cheese sandwich, chips and Metromint Water at Hannah’s Bretzel(131 S Dearborn St, 312-621-1111), $12.80 STEAL Ham sandwich with Parmesan cheese, chips and bottled water at Which Wich?(108 N State St, 312-658-0030), $8.82 Both of these new Loop counter-service lunch spots feature chic minimalist decor, a laid-back atmosphere, perky employees and, most important, tasty made-to-order sandwiches. But while Hannah’s is all about sophisticated organic ingredients—hello, white truffled goat cheese—on its pared-down menu, Which Wich? offers a create-your-own sandwich set-up with a ton of toppings (crispy onion strings, olive salad and tzatziki sauce). When it comes to the bread, Hannah’s made-in-house baguette wins hands-down, and we love that each bite contains some of that terrific imported ham, goat cheese, baby arugula and grilled asparagus. As for the housemade chips: Both are crispy and seasoned just right. Verdict? While we can appreciate Hannah’s exotic (i.e., pricier, ingredients), the more humble sandwich fixings at Which Wich? don’t disappoint.