The good news is there's a welcome new addition to loop breakfast and lunch spots called "Specialty's" cafe and bakery located at 191 N. Wacker Dr. (NE corner of wacker and lake).
Opened in early July, the concept is tasty, fresh ingredients on fresh on site-baked breads and rolls. They have 8 places in san francisco and two in seattle, thus, this is their 11th spot.
One of my cravings, good soups, is covered. Of the early sandwich favorites (there are 37 to chose from) the #12 chipotle roast beef, the #26 Vegan and #37 bbq pork are a few.
Each is coupled with its best bread or roll and spread. The #12, most expensive sandwichh at $5.55, has herb bread, chipotle aioli, shaved parmesan, spinach, oven-roasted tomaotes and mixed bell peppers.
"It's almost as good as potbellies," said my friend bankster john with his #12 fully in cheek.
The vegan, $3.95, is on a light focaccia, with tomato, basil, avocado, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, kalamata olives, spinach.
bbq pork is on a fresh kaiser with bacon, bbq pork, smoked gouda and special cole slaw, which i wish they would sell as a side.
Unfortunately, my favorite soup, ratatouille, has only been seen once. A wonderfull garbanzo bean soup also has not been reprised.
Breakfast baked goodies also are available but i hav not been able to attend their early session. Loaves of baked breads for sale are too numerous to mention here, but ther are 7 cheesebreads and 11 others used for sandwiches that include potato poppyseed and honeycorn.
The interior is very well designed with comfortable booths along the walls and stools along the floor-to-ceiling window to watch the lake street el. Framed mirrors allow to watch for friends and check out other patrons.
The bad news is this outfit is totally online (Specialty'sDirect.com) and i have been unable to access their site, despite numerous attempts. there is no phone # as they prefer to take orders online.
Also, the manner of ordering on the premises sems to me to be convoluted--i usually have to beg for my soup, but i'm interested to see what u think. pls post some responses.