Riley’s, named for owner Jessica Ludwig’s dog, is passionate about two things – sandwiches and canines (pooches are welcome inside). The takeout-only spot plants the sandwich – which, according to food lore, rst came to fruition in the 1700s for the Earl of Sandwich, a gambler who wanted a meal he could easily eat at the card table – in serious meal territory. Because they’re huge, expect a price tag to match ($11-$17, with a double-stuffed outlier running $24). But consider that you could get two meals out of one. With the CBR sandwich – a deceptively simple combo of chicken, bacon and ranch, along with avocado, cheese, lettuce and tomato – you’ve got everything you could possibly want right in your hands. Behold that wonder righter here.
Riley’s recently switched to a new, chewier baguette-like roll that cradles the fillings without getting soggy. The crust is warm and crunchy (but won’t injure the roof of your mouth), and the middle is downy soft.
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This is thick-sliced organic chicken breast, sous-vide style. French for *ital* under vaccum*, it’s placed inside a plastic pouch and cooked in a water bath until it reaches a specific temperature. So is it tender? As all get out.
Plenty of crumbled bacon, sliced avocado, mozzarella- blend cheese, tomato and lettuce. And finally, the river of rich, buttermilky homemade ranch dressing ties it all gloriously together.
RILEY’S SANDWICH CO.
Address: 4473 N. Oakland Ave.
Hours: Lunch and dinner Wed-Fri; Lunch Sat-Sun