September Dish of the Month: A Sandwich You’ll Want to Sink Your Teeth Into

The CBR sandwich at Riley’s Sandwich Co. in Shorewood is packed to the delicious hilt.

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. 

The Bread

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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The Meat

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.

The Other

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.


Address: 4473 N. Oakland Ave.
Phone: 414-616-1811
Hours: Lunch and dinner Wed-Fri; Lunch Sat-Sun
Prices: $14-$24


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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.