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Restaurant Mon Jul 28 2008

Fried Sandwich Approaches Donut Stage

A fried peanut butter sandwich is just about as good as it gets. At least when the Violet Hour is serving it up with banana inside - and a deep sweetness that just happens to come from honey. (I'm vegan, except that I don't identify with the bees and, while I don't go out of my way to eat their honey, I don't make much effort to avoid it either). I took the sandwich without the bacon that the menu mentions. (I'm more sympathetic to the pigs).

The sandwich reminds me of a donut in the way peanut bits stick to its outside like a coating. It melts in the mouth as if it was specifically designed to deliver maximum comfort. It's super tall, too - perhaps double high. It was hard to tell quite how much bread was involved in the dim light. Violet Hour, 1520 N. Damen. (773) 252-1500. Go early to avoid possible lines.

Andrew / July 28, 2008 11:07 AM

That sounds absolutely delicious -- but with the bacon it's Elvis-tacular. (Sorry Chriss.)

jen / July 29, 2008 12:01 PM

then you're not really vegan, are you?
i mean, if you're going to go to the trouble of defining yourself as the vegan on here and then say "well, i eat honey..." you've negated your stance.

Andrew / July 31, 2008 3:37 PM

Jen, that's something of a debate in the vegan community right now, apparently.

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