|Restaurants - Sammiches|
Cuisine: American Deli & Café
2215 E North Ave
By Brian West
Milwaukee’s East Side is home to one of our city’s newest and most exciting sandwich restaurants—Love Handle. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Chris and Ally Benedyk, Love Handle’s seemingly simple restaurant has been turning heads with its thoughtful and artisanal approach to sandwich-making. The menu is in constant flux, with Chris choosing his ingredients based on what’s fresh and, perhaps more remarkably, what inspires him. In other words, while you won’t find a “regular” here, you’ll regularly find something to love.
On this particular visit, we photographed (and then promptly consumed) two particularly enjoyable sandwiches. One was called The Love Handle, although I discovered this sandwich has a serious identity disorder, as there is always a sandwich on the board called that, but it’s contents changes daily. Sometimes drastically. On this day, it was made up of cold smoked bacon, apple and onion slaw and spicy mustard. The second sandwich was one of three The Neverending Story-inspired sandwiches—the Atreyu: pulled pork shoulder, apple butter and pickled radish.
All sandwiches are served up on a sour torta bread made specially for Love Handle by Wildflour Bakery. It is a sourdough Mexican-style sandwich bread that eats like a baguette, and it exemplifies my third rule to sandwich perfection—the bread makes the sandwich. While Love Handle is the only place you can get this bread, if you must have this bread for your homemade sandwiches (and trust me, you must) they do offer it for sale by the loaf for $4 each.