Price point: $12 for the Beef Tongue Reuben
It’s probably 100 percent safe to declare that Seven Lions (130 S. Michigan Ave., 312-880-0130; sevenlionschicago.com) serves the best beef tongue Reuben in the Loop. Sure, it might be the only version of this strange beast in the area (or city, probably), but still. If you’re in the market for cured beef tongue stacked high on double-decker toasted rye, with sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese, Seven Lions is your place.
But even if the idea of chowing down on bovine mouth muscle sounds like a dubious way to spend lunch, know that this honestly might be one of the best Reubens you can find in the area. The meat doesn’t taste funky or mushy. In fact, unlike so much regular corned beef, the cured beef tongue is extremely tender and juicy, with a complex spice profile. The double-decker creation looks a bit daunting, yet ends up perfectly manageable.
A Reuben this good would be appreciated in any neighborhood, but it’s particularly welcomed considering it is only steps away from the Art Institute and Millennium Park—a notoriously sandwich-starved stretch of town.