Chicago Bagel Authority

Have you ever had a steamwich? Well, Chicago Bagel Authority‘s steamy steamwiches are not what you’d typically expect from your classic bagel sandwich. CBA steams its bagel sandwiches! Hence, why they aren’t just called sandwiches.

Steaming a bagel sandwich makes the bagel perfectly soft (not too mushy), melting the cheese, heating the meat, etc. into a gooey, warm, delicious mess. CBA steams its “steamwiches” for 4 min. and 20 sec. (hmm, interesting), and keeps in mind not to add ingredients best served cold until after the sandwich comes out of the steamer (avocado, sprouts, ranch … you get the idea). Their rule of thumb is “Never too much, never too little. Make a sandwich that you would want to eat.” From my experience (and I eat CBA often) they’re never skimp!

CBA offers a ridiculous amount (100+) of steamwiches that are so inventive and creative, you’d never get bored. They’re also categorized so its not too hard to pinpoint and choose what’ll hit the spot, but I can’t imagine you could go wrong with any!

They have killer names as well. I’ve had my eye on the Honey Badger: chicken salad, swiss and gouda cheese, bacon, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, and honey on a sesame bagel and I’ve seen the Ron Swanson: meat on meat on meat with eggs on eggs and cheese and more cheesy cheese.

For breakfast I absolutely love the Lean Jean: scrambled egg whites, turkey sausage, basil, and gouda cheese on a scooped rye (I ask for wheat) and my favorite lunch steamwich so far is the Hide the Salami: salami hidden under bacon, pepperoni, banana peppers, provolone, lettuce, avocado, and ranch dressing on an onion bagel.

I think the Belmont is their most popular: maple sausage, smoked ham, chive cream cheese, jalapeños, scrambled egg, and pepperjack and gouda cheese on an everything bagel.

They’re always coming up with something different inspired by current events, trending people, etc. The Goat Killer is their most recent I believe: roast beef, scrambled egg, pepperoni, provolone, hot giardiniera on a baily (unlike a bagel, which is boiled before baking, a bialy is simply baked, and instead of a hole in the middle it has an indentation which is sometimes filled with diced onions, garlic, poppy seeds, etc.). This steamwich was obviously was inspired by the exhilarating Chicago Cubs World Series win this past season: Nov. 2nd, 2016!

I could go on so I’m going to stop here. If you are so inclined to keep reading up on their creations, check out their menu; however, I encourage you to just stop by for breakfast or lunch. A very pleasant surprise if you’ve never had a steamwich and trust me, you’ll be hooked!


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