“This is the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten.” Yep, I actually said. It happened today while sitting in Publican Quality Meats (PQM as the blogosphere is calling it), munching on a prosciutto muffaletta wedge and taking in Paul Kahan’s latest Fulton Market creation. Muchas gracias, Paul and co.!
Even though I have only the most glowing things to say about PQM’s foodie family—Avec, Blackbird, Big Star and its parent/next door neighbor, Publican—my expectations of this place were actually exceeded by the visit today.
It is not fancy, by any means; it’s a quick serve deli for all intents and purposes. But to even put this place in the same category as a sandwich shop feels off. It’s the type of place that, if it weren’t for the line bustling out the door starting at 11:40 (seriously, get here early), I’d want to stay for two hours going back and forth between the muffaletta and the racks and cases of all kinds of interesting gourmet items from local giardiniera (from local That Pickle Guy) to fresh made butter by the pound, bottles of fresh yogurt, and all kinds of packaged meats and treats.
Imagine the best tasting thinly sliced prosciutto you have ever eaten, then mix it with a delicious mayo-ish sauce, bright green olive and cauliflower salad and shaved brussels sprouts all stacked with soft boiled eggs on fresh-made focaccia and you will begin to understand this muffaletta creation. Confession: I had to eat it with a knife and fork, which was just fine with me.
Next time I am getting the ribollita (Italian bread soup) to see how it compares with my recipe!
-Pork Belly Sandwich on “flatbread” (like a really flat/thin wrap-style mountain bread)
825 W. Fulton / Fulton Market / Chicago