Publican Quality Meats
Everything Paul Kahan touches usually turns to dripping delicious fatty pork, but here, it’s the lamb meatball sandwich (since replaced with lamb and, yep, pork belly sausage) and the battleship-sized tuna muffaletta that win the day. A hearty honorable mention to JP Graziano for its Italian subs, including the truffle mustard balsamic vinaigrette-soaked Mr. G sub.
Publican Quality Meats, 825 West Fulton Market, (312)445-8977, publicanqualitymeats.com
Audience choice: Bari, 1120 West Grand, (312)666-0730, bariitaliansubs.com
Best of Chicago 2012