Remember back in March when Mike and I went away for 2 nights to Lake Geneva? Or the weekend I like to fondly remember as the night with the noisy neighbors, or better yet, the night Mike thought we were still 21 and I could not possibly fit a 5th beer in my stomach and left full beers at the bar. Sad instances. Overall the weekend was awesome! We had big plans for lots of food and fun but mainly just ended up going to bed early and napping most of the days away. Don’t judge. I think we were catching up on sleep lost from the first year of Jack’s life.
While we were there my brother told me we had to go to Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn. While there we had to:
- Order the Soggie.
- Play darts.
- Take over the juke.
That exact order.
If you are like me, you like to plan out what you are going to order from restaurants before you actually go there. Thank God for the internet. I did some creeping on what exactly this Soggie thing was. It is a hoagie roll, drenched in au jus from beef sandwiches, topped with spicy giardiniera, and lots of gooey cheese. Ok, I am intrigued.
Now, before I say this next statement, remember we are friends. You like me, right?
I don’t like beef sandwiches. GASP!
Yes, I live in Chicago/Midwest and I don’t like beef sandwiches. Yes, my other brother works for Buona Beef and I still don’t like them. Sorry. I mean, of course I will eat them if that’s what is on the menu at a gathering or party, but it is not my fave.
So when you tell me I can have the flavors of a beef sandwich, minus the beef, I am kind of game. Also, this sandwich is supposed to be the ultimate hangover cure (not that we stayed up late enough on our trip to get hangovers). I have to tell you this Soggie was sooooo good! I knew when I came home I had to recreate it in my own kinda way. I wanted the bread to be more shareable, so I made it a pull apart bread. And I wanted the inside to be soggy but the outside to stay crunchy, so instead of a hoagie roll, I used a ciabatta roll. And, thanks to my brother, the Buona Beef one, I got my hands on some beef au jus without having to cook roast beef for hours and hours. Winning!
Oh and for the record, we totally checked off all the things on my brother’s list for our 4 hour stint at Chuck’s! My only regret is that I didn’t order a second Soggie.