It's official. Kenny & Zuke's Sandwichworks,
the offshoot of the duo's successful downtown Jewish deli,
has opened at 2376 NW Thuman Street. And, damn, they serve some tasty meat-on-bread.
A trio of WW
staffers strolled down to the new sandwich-centric spot (our office is only a few blocks away) for a hefty meatball hero
($8.75), lightly spiced Chicago Italian beef
($8.25) and a "Super Torta Puebla"
($8.75). The torta, though nothing like any Mexican sandwich any of us had seen, was still a super-delish stack of smoky pork, avocado, chorizo, cheese and black beans cradled in a perfect hoagie roll. It's the crusty-yet-soft roll, baked special for the shop by nearby Grand Central Baking
from a K&Z recipe, that also pushed that meatball sub into awesome territory—the spongy innards sopping up all the meaty juice, while the outside crust providing just enough
crunch (no rock hard bread shards to pierce your gums here).
Sandwichworks' Italian beef, meatball hero and torta above.
Each sandwich is big enough to share and the creation of a $7.50"anytime special" (four-inch sandwich, hot dog or reuben slider with a cup or soup or salad) means that I actually might even ingest a vegetable at this joint now and again.
The space is bare bones, with a squadron of picnic tables lining the concrete floor and reclaimed boards used to construct a sort of barrier/cow pasture fence that separates diners from a large, open back space that the crew is currently using for storage.
"Maybe we'll put a basketball hoop up back there,"
laughed co-owner Nick Zukin, as he greeted diners and ferried orders back n' forth from the counter gal to his partner Ken Gordon a few steps away in the open kitchen. "Or a ping pong table..."
Is there a Kenny & Zuke's sports party space on the horizon?
Kenny & Zuke's Sandwichworks, 2376 NW Thurman St., 954-1737. Open 11 am-8 pm daily. The K&Z website should be updated with Sandwichworks info in a few days. Check out the menu here.