It is a great pleasure to nominate Lincoln's O for a Great Neighborhood Restaurant Award.
Lincoln's O is a trip back in sandwich time, to a less complicated and more delicious era. I dine there at least once a month, not because they're close and inexpensive - both, incidentally, true - but because I have never, ever had a bad meal there. If you stop by between 11 and 1 on any weekday, you'll be rubbing elbows with the same folks who've eaten there time and again for a decade or more, for the same reasons that I eat there. Lincoln's O is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Don't mistake me, however: this is definitely worth a trip. My parents, visiting from the Seattle area for example, dined at many fine restaurants in Chicago and NWI and the only one they still talk about is Lincoln's O.
What can you expect from a meal at Lincoln's? Don't let appearances fool you, for though it's no feast for the eyes, you will never go home dissatisfied. Huge, thick sandwiches are the backbone of the menu, and Cogito described them as
"the best damn sandwiches you'll probably ever find... loaded with plenty of high quality meats, cheeses, and trimmings on fresh bread." I couldn't have possibly said it better. The Cal City Special is my personal favorite, with turkey, ham, bacon, and cheese melted onto a butter-toasted bun with all the fixin's. The hearty fare has inspired many copy-cats over the years, but don't do the leg-work for yourself: Da Beef compared his experiences
both at the imitators and the Original and concluded that "Lincoln's is the real deal, thats for sure. I see a visit from Diner, Drive In's & Dives in their near future. It really is a diamond in the rough." Don't leave without a slice of pie, either! I suggest the walnut in particular, but they're all good and a perfect finish to a great lunch.Some discussion and a brief history lesson occurred here,
but Lincoln's doesn't seem to have it's own thread. That's a shame, because it would take an entire thread to explore the amazing variety of treats inside this nondescript sandwich shop. The story, the food, and the love all make this hidden neighborhood gem great, and it deserves the honor of our recognition. When you taste it, you'll believe it.
2813 Highway Ave.,