Greg Gibbs has taken an innovative idea and made it into one of Chicago’s most famous sandwiches. So famous, that it had the distinction of being featured on the first episode of NBC’s “Chicago Fire.” Recently renovated after a fire damaged the Armitage store, CBA is back and better than ever. Greg has taken the humble bagel and turned it into a work of art. We recently made a visit to the humble shop to see what all the buzz was about.
The shop has a cozy , comfy feel to it. The couches allowed diners to chat, write or do whatever. It kind of reminded me a little of the famous haunt on “Friends” Central Perk. It seemed like a great place to go and write and I guarantee in the future, I will come back for that purpose. They have plenty of beverages and snacks to go with those sandwiches.But the real attraction is the sandwiches and that is exactly what we came to try.
With over eighty combinations, it was really hard to pick some to try. We actually had to ask the staff for their own recommendations.You can tell they have fun here by just some of the names of the sandwiches. Names like “Katie’s Mess,” “Atheist’s Nightmare” and “Wrigley Fielder” are made with the finest meats and vegetables. They also feature soups and salads as well. I figured I would give the “Chicago Fire” a try. If you like it hot, this is the one for you. The corned beef is tapered with jalapenos, pepper jack , and spicy brown mustard. Muy caliente! Jen ‘s tastes seem to run toward the more milder “Messy Katie” Turkey is accompanied on a biahly with healthy goodies like spouts, avocados,and tomatoes. Next we sampled the “Motown Philly” Now we are talking. Never actually getting to have a real Philly cheesesteak, this sandwich was the nearest I have ever gotten to one. Being Lent, I had to have one of my faves , tuna. The “Loosey ” had everything I loved tuna, swiss cheese, and veggies. Tuna never tasted so good. I even got to try the special for the month of March, “The Patron” Each month one such sandwich is featured. This one had a Mexican touch given to a St Patrick’s day inspired creation.It is definitely a different kind of reuben. Between the spiced up corned beef, sauerkraut , and other ingredients, it is definitely a taste explosion in the mouth. Even the dessert bagels are special here. We dug right in and enjoyed the “Cookie Monster” Picture a warm chocolate chip cookie melted between a blueberry bagel and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Mmmmm.
Every month there is always something going on at CBA. New sandwiches, new contests, and the one thing that is certain , you will always have a good time there and get a great sandwich. We Ohioans definitely know how to do things right. Just ask Gregg.