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.
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.
Address: 4473 N. Oakland Ave.
Hours: Lunch and dinner Wed-Fri; Lunch Sat-Sun