Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Saturday, February 24

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Opening Now and In the Future The Red Eye Diet »

Ingredient Tue May 22 2007

Summertime in a Sandwich

There is no food that says "summertime" to me like a combo of tomato, basil and mozzarella. Sure, it's not really time for tomatoes in Chicago, but when I came face to face with a selection of big, gorgeous, ripe organic tomatoes for 98 cents a pound at Stanley's this morning, all I could think about was a sandwich with thick slices of one of these tomatoes. I knew I had some Italian cheeses in my refridgerator back home, so I grabbed a bunch of basil (also for 98 cents) and a loaf of multigrain sourdough.
sandwichI happen to own a panini grill (you get these sorts of things when you get married, even when you don't want/ask for them), so upon arriving home, I heated it up, brushed two slices of bread with olive oil and prepared my sandwich.

Bring on those sweltering Chicago summer days.

GB store

Anne / May 23, 2007 6:45 PM

i had the same craving myself, so just slapped a cheese sandwich on pan with some butter and it was quite delicious.

yours wins for sophistication, though.

- anne, the menuism intern showing love.

GB store

Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
Read this feature »

GB store



Drive-Thru on Flickr

Join the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

About Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru is the food and drink section of Gapers Block, covering the city's vibrant dining, drinking and cooking scene. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Robyn Nisi,
Drive-Thru staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15