Butcher & Larder officially opened last Sunday, making it Chicago’s “first locally sourced, whole animal butcher shop.” We knew from the very beginning that it would showcase a full range of sausages, chops, odd cuts, and other meaty delights, and that's exactly what owner Rob Levitt has created. Of course, we also heard that it would be serving a few sandwiches each day utilizing the great products in the shop. While it was never set up to be a full service restaurant, the idea that the former chef of the acclaimed Mado would be constructing simple, meaty sandwiches to-go always excited us the most. Yesterday was the first day they offered these items, so we stopped by to see what was on offer.
Each day the shop will feature a hot and cold sandwich. Yesterday the cold offering contained sliced porchetta with fennel pickles and arugula. Interestingly, the hot option was a sloppy joe. Each one costs $10, but that price also includes a bag of chips and a drink. Plus the sandwiches are huge. The sloppy joe is made with very thickly ground beef, and is stacked high on the soft bun. It'll easily be enough for two hungry people. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the short slideshow below and see for yourself.