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Jerry's SandwichesJerry's Sandwiches

Type: Bar, Eatery

1938 W Division St
Chicago, Illinois, 60622-3146
United States

(773) 235-1006 | map

Sunday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am

Added by emerge077 on 07-10-2007

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 34
Photo of Stevedore
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Went on a Saturday afternoon (around 2PM) with a buddy from the neighborhood.

Atmosphere: Not full, but not empty either- was able to get seating immediately. Overall, very nice ambience, well-lit and the decor is very classy yet not over the top. (4.5)

Quality: Well-done, well-run, well-lit and not too noisy at all. Easy to have a nice conversation and the bartender (we sat in the bar area) was very friendly and it was easy to strike up conversation with him. (4.5)

Service: Fantastic. The bartender was great with the recommendations- since it was early afternoon, we wanted the refreshing, sessionable stuff. He did not steer us wrong, and checked on us frequently. The food did take a bit of time to get out to us, but we barely noticed. (5)

Selection: Very good beer selection for sure. Lots of interesting options on tap that fit the bill. The best part is being able to buy 6oz pours for $2.50 (with a full glass being $4-7 depending on the beer). It's actually more cost effective and makes it a lot of fun to try all kinds of different stuff, especially the lesser known local stuff (Ale Syndicate, etc.) without committing to full pours. (4.5)

Food: Awesome, I got the Ansel A sandwich which is basically a fried chicken sandwich with avocado, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, chipotle sauce. Fantastic sandwich that also came with our two sides of peanut pasta and chips. The peanut pasta is excellent, wish they would serve them in larger quantities! (4.75)

Two people and 6 different flights of beers a person plus lunch for each came out to $60 total. Not bad, certainly reasonable. Basically a sandwich and 3 beers for $30 a person. Not the best but definitely reasonable for Chicago.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place for booze and food. The atmosphere is warm and cozy; conducive to a fantastic beer and food pairing evening. I really enjoyed the large food menu, with their fantastic options of salads, sandwiches and appetizers, I don't think there is a beer in the house that wouldn't match up with anything on there. Service was good, and the beers I ordered, Dreadnaught and Plead the 5th, were poured in the appropriate sized glass. The beer menu is great and extensive, covering a significant portion of the beer landscape. They also have a fantastic rotating tap selection to choose from on draft. Stop by for good beer and food, you wont be disappointed. Try their hummus appetizer platter, comes with fried pita, it's very good.

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Photo of cratez
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Came here with my girl for lunch and drinks in July 2011.

VIBE: we sat on the patio, which had a nice view of the streetscape. Generous spacing between tables offered some privacy for patrons. Crowd was kinda yuppyish (lots of people tapping away on their smart phones), but thankfully they kept to themselves.

SERVICE: our server was righteous with a big chip on his shoulder. He failed to explain that you HAVE to order side dishes with your sandwich, and neglected to say where those sides were located on the menu. He did a decent job of describing the hoppy beers on tap and made great food recommendations; however, when I was paying our bill, he "forgot" to bring the change back to the table, so I decided not to leave a tip.

SELECTION: the draught lineup was one of the best that I encountered in Chicago. Ridiculous taps such as Firestone Walker Red Nectar, Port Mongo Double IPA, Bruery Orchard Wit, Goose Island Fleur, and Rogue John John Dead Guy cluttered the menu. Bottle list included top notch offerings from Anderson Valley, Half Acre, and Left Hand, as well as most of the world class American IPAs. I ordered a 3Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale, which I hadn't tried before coming here. My girlfriend really enjoyed her cocktail.

FOOD: I had the Cuban with barbecue beans and mac & cheese while the lady went for a Grilled Chicken Caesar. The sandwiches and sides were outrageously good (not to mention filling!) and the prices were fair.

OVERALL: it's unfortunate that our waiter was so careless since I would've otherwise rated this place an "A." Jerry's is a prime destination for it's tasty food and excellent craft beer, but the service could definitely improve.

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Photo of Duffman929
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here with my girlfriend and another friend during CCBW to get a bottle cap and try some food. The list of beer was above average, but the food was high quality. I ordered a Reuben and my friend had the onion rings. There was plenty of food and it all tasted great.

They do not take Amex, but other forms of payment are accepted. We went during the after-lunch rush and it was not busy, but the service was slower than I would have liked. The servers and staff were polite. I would go back if I were in the area and would recommend stopping here before going to the Map Room.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Came here for plenty of lunches when I used to work in the city. This place was the best food and craft beer place that I had found in the limited range I could go during my lunches. I found that the atmosphere was a little congested, the place isn't very big, but not too many places in the city really are. It look very clean and well kept with some rather nice modern decor. Everything about this place appeared in order and was quality. I found that I got exactly what I expected from this place. The service was decent. I don't think they were super attentive or really all that knowledgeable about the beers. But I always got my food in reasonable amount of time and my orders were always correct and they seemed rather personable, so there wasn't much to complain about in that regard. The beer selection was pretty darn good. They had beers which were easily distributed to the area, but that you would never really see on-tap at the vast majority of bars. For example they would have GI Green Line, and Bear Republic Racer 5 on-tap. They also celebrated CCBW every year with a specialty expanded tap listing. The food was excellent. They had some of the best damn sandwiches that you could ever find. Screw the beer sometimes, I went for the amazing sandwiches.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Jerry's is one of the reasons I miss living in Wicker Park. Great sandwiches, although I have a tough time moving past the Dieterich - who can resist steak, blackened chicken, avocado, aged white cheddar, mayo, and adobo sauce? During the summer, the gazpacho is great too.

The atmosphere is relaxed and more suitable for lunch than dinner, in my mind. Although any time can be a great time to grab a couple of beers and relax though. The service reflects this mentality, however, and most of the time the waitstaff seems to be absent.

The beer list has always been a strong point and seems to be getting even better. They have Founders Cherry Newaygo and Bell's Hopslam on tap right now and their tap list is always changing. Their bottle list is pretty huge - I think it has gotten to 200 different bottles, although they have a few that seem overpriced.

Overall, the sandwiches are great, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the beer list is better than solid. They charge premium prices, but they definitely deliver a premium product.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

So who said you can't have great food mixed with great beer? I grew on on Jerry's in the west loop, great place. When I went into the one on Division my jaw drop as I was like where'd all this beer come from?

The atmosphere is nice, its clean and trendy looking but a little to croweded for my liking, tables to close together.

The quality is great tons of beers on tap in bottles. The selection is great with all kinds of offerings from Curieux to Storm King.

The service is nice and pleasant but not totally knowledge on beer.

The food is downright awesome. Huge sandwiches and anything you could possibly think of. All kinds of combinations.

Amended review.
Went there again this weekend and had a horrible experience. It was totally dead on a Satruday night and the beer menu was not at all updated. Of the 10 beers our group ordered throughout the night, over half they didn't have. Totally not acceptable.

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Photo of Bammo22
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I visited Jerry's with my Wife on a Friday night. I was a little worried that it might be crowded by the time we arrived at 7:30, but surprisingly was not!

We went inside down a long hallway to the hostess stand, the evening was beautiful and we were seated outside right away. No waiting. There were plenty of open tables inside too.

First things first, lets order some beers. Before I went I had taken a brief look at their beer menu online. Oh boy, do they have a great selection. Their focus is N.American only, I say N.A. because besides a few Unibroue bottles, the rest are US craft brews. Their menu is laid out by style, and covers everything from Pilsners, to Imperial Stouts, to Sours, to Barlywines. The beer menu also has a generic description of each style and a short review of each beer.

My wife, for her first beer, ordered a 2 Bros Ebel's Weiss bottle. Later she had a Lost Coast Indica bottle. I decided on a Beer Fight. I was able to choose 3, 4, or 5-6oz samples, which could all be drafts, or you could choose bottle(s), but they counted as two selections. I decided on a 5-sample flight: I had a Brooklyn Weisse (draft), Lost Abbey 10 Commandments (draft), 2 Bros Moaten (draft), and Victory Hop Devil (Bottle). Overall I was happy with my selections, but the Moaten fell a little short of expectations.

Jerry's literally has over 100 sandwiches! My Wife ordered the Philly Cheese Steak, but thought it was average. I ordered the Issac A (ham, coppicola, bacon, avocado, cilantro, cheddar, mayo, adobo sauce), excellent choice.

As we were getting ready to leave I made my way back inside to use the washroom. Inside I noticed it had filled up quite a bit more than when we arrived and was getting lively. The inside was warm and modern, with cool paintings on the walls. A band was setting up between the hostess station and the bar, but had not started playing yet. One of the best things was the bar itself. It was not very big, probably because they don't cater to the cocktail and BMC crowd. On the shelves for display was not your usual lineup of Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, Gin, and Tequila bottles. Instead almost every beer bottle they carried, 12oz, 22oz, 500ml, and 750ml varieties, were lined up on display. I felt like I was in a trance staring at them.

I've walked by this place half dozen times and had no idea what it was all about. I thought it was a regular sandwich shop, and needless to say was very pleasantly surprised by the strong focus on craft beer and gourmet sandwiches. Overall, I really enjoyed my visit and can't wait to try it again. Highly recommend it.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Seems hard to categorize this place as it really is more of a restaurant than it is a bar, though a restaurant with a fabulous beer selection to be sure.

Anyway, wanted to go to Piece on a Friday night at 7, BAD idea. Remembered this place, read the good reviews and gave it a shot.

Walking in is a little disorienting, long hallway that leads into the host station. It was about 7:30 and the place was packed and everyone seemed to be in a real hurry, which, considering how full this place was, is easy to understand.

Was told we were going to have to wait for 15min, so we grabbed a seat in the lounge/bar area to wait. Not long after we sit down are we told that our table is ready. Nice, but I was looking forward to looking over the beer menu. In any case it was a nice surprise to be seated that quickly.

Beer list is EXTENSIVE, draft list not so much, but the tap list is above average. I was surprised to see Founders Dumbo Head on draft and so I order it, and another one after it as well. Looks like they have about 300 bottles stocked away some where, not sure how they go about keeping them/ how long they hold onto them but the list so big as to almost be, dare I say it, overwhelming.

Food menu is similarly huge. There are probably just as many sandwiches as there are beers, I stuck with a mufelletta (sp?) which was very good.

Here is what is weird about this place. It's like everyone was rushing around but the service was slow, we had four different people wait on us which was a little disorienting but not terrible. With all the rushing around (yes I understand it was a Friday night, and yes I know this place is a restaurant) it was a little hard to feel comfortable, and that's what I like about a bar. For as crowded as Hopleaf of the Maproom can get, I am still able to feel comfortable there because the pace of those places feels relaxed even though they may not look like it when they are hopping. Jerry's, while full of amazing food and beer, is not really the kind of place where you could hang out for hours, maybe at the bar, but certainly not at a table. This place is a restaurant first and a bar second, and as such, they are looking to get you in and out and the next round of people in.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I stopped by here while visiting my sister and her boyfriend as it is literally across the street from where he lives. I was very impressed not only by the beer but by the food too. I only stepped inside for a few minutes, but the decor looked nice. The outside patio was perfect of a sunny evening. The beer selection was impressive. What was more impressive is that every beer on it had a full disctiption. There were ten to twelve taps. All were American craft beer, and they were all from a variety of styles. The bottle list contained well over a hundred American craft beers. I don't recall seeing a single import from outside North America any were on the beer list. Onto the food. Wow! As the name suggests this place is about sandwiches, and boy do they have them. There are well over a hunderd on the menu. Most of which consist of multiple animals (three or more), and multiple sauces. And that I like. I had a sandwiches with blackened chicken, smoked turkey, salami, cheddar, mayo, and barbecue sauce, and it paired perfectly with a Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock. The service was prompt, polite, friendly, and knowledgeable. Oeverall, I will definately stop here again.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Walked in to an almost empty bar with a few people littered throughout the dining area. A DJ with a sweet ass moustache playing some enjoyable tunes on 45s was next to us. It was a nice, relaxed atmosphere.

The selection of taps was nice and there was a pretty large selection of bottles with a few really nice ones. Prices seemed pretty average for the city, the taps were reasonable prices and the bottles were marked up in varying ratios.

I can't complain about the service, nothing special, but certainly not poor. I did not try any food while I was in here but I will certainly be returning for the chance to try some.

I liked this place a lot, it wasn't crowded when I went and I listened to good music and drank good beer, and that is always a great thing.

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Photo of MillySox
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I stopped of to eat here, before my final destination which was a more well known beer bar down the street. But Jerrys had a superior selction. A well organized beer list with detailed profiles and multiple selections of most major styles. Almost entirely domestic. Reasonably priced 12oz glasses and bottles, plus 8oz tasting flights of 3, 4, or 5 tapped beers.

The focus here is definately on the food. If this were a culinary website I could go on and on about the very extensive, unique and tasty selction of sandiwiches. But the beer list outshines most beer bars in the area. The vibe here is utlra yuppie/trendy and definately not that of a beer bar. But the beer and food are top flight.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

holy shit this place was great. you'd never know what a great selection of beers they have by the looks of it. seems like just another hip place in ukranian village but a peerless selection of beers awaits. focus is entirely on north american craft brews. about 10 taps and an absolute shitload of selections via bottle. decor is modern/hip/whatever with many of the bottle selections displayed behind the bar. the beer menu itself is very well done. each beer was quite accurately described in detail, and there were also ratings and other info listed on each beer. all the beers were nicely categorized by style as well. i can't say enough about the selection, both in it's vastness and quality. it seems as if everything here is here for a reason; they don't have a shitload of beers JUST to have a shitload of beers. and not a single crap beer to be seen. the bartender was very knowledgeable and helpful. prices are not too bad considering the neighborhood and what you'd pay for shit beer around here. as for what they have, too much to mention, but just about every good U.S. craft beer that is available in illinos. my only criticism is that they could use some more varied glassware, mostly they have only standard pint glasses and a few goblets/tulips upon request.

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Photo of sweethome
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I rate this a bit pricey because all added up - a bit on the high side - but it makes up for it with selection, quality, and food quality - for what they do. Previous rating called it a sandwich shop - yes - the menu is focused on sandwiches - but this is a sit-down restaurant that specializes in gourmet sandwiches.

I had a cone of fries when I visted - came with choice of two dipping sauces - all excellent. I sat at the bar. Two people next to me had interesting sandwiches - they said quality was great.

Ahhh - the beers - about 10 taps - they had...best I can recall:
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
An Allagash big beer
Ommegang Witte
Two Brothers Can and Ebel
Surley Saison
Victory Prima Pils
several others - very good selection of drafts

Bottle selection was outstanding - focused on midwest. Still, plenty of other regions.

Excellent craft beer find that is not yet appreciated by Chicago craft beer fans.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I ended up at Jerry's twice this past weekend, and had two experiences that I feel pretty much captured the range of possibilities.

First of all, I was shocked by the depth and range of their beer list -- it was truly worthy of applause. I have ordered take-out from Jerry's in the past, but had never really known about their treasure trove behind the bar. At the very least, it matches the extensiveness of their sandwich offerings -- if not exceeds it.

On Friday night, I sat in the bar area with a friend, had an outstanding evening - a bomber of Three Floyds Munsterfest and a Storm King to go with the special, a delectable ruby trout sandwich. The service was excellent from the perky bar tender, and we had a great time. So much so that I took a different group of friends back the next night.

This time we sat at a table, and it was like we were in a completely different restaurant. The beer list was still fantastic, and so were the sandwiches -- but it took 15 minutes to place our beer orders, another 20 to actually get our beers, a total of about an hour before our appetizer arrived -- only 5 minutes ahead of our sandwiches. By the time we were finished and had paid, it had taken about an hour and forty five minutes to eat -- at a sandwich place. Plus, they were out of pretzel roll, brioche roll, and foccacia breads. I felt bad for the waiter, who was obviously over-streched -- but you can only feel so bad. But, I enjoyed my beer and my turkey meatloaf sandwich nonetheless.

Overall, I gave it a 3.5 for service -- the first night would have scored a 4.5, the second a 2.0 or less.

I will definitely be back at Jerry's, but I'm going to make it a point to sit at the bar -- and I suggest you do likewise, as I've heard others' stories of poor service in the table area as well. Just don't take my seat.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Bumsteadian...lol. That sums this place up nicely. Sangwishes of all stripes.

A welcome new addition on this ever-evolving commercial strip.
This is a restaurant that has an American craft-focused beer bar.

Stopped in for lunch today, since it was their official opening day. There was a full house when we arrived, which contributed to a long wait to receive an order for food. Service was accomodating, but slow. There are over 100 combinations of gourmet sandwiches offered, with a number of homemade sides. The bread is sourced locally, as are a few desserts (menu includes a Stout float, and an Ommegang Belgian ale float made with custard from Scooter's). The "Diego A" steak sandwich I had was tasty, it came with chipotle mango chutney and adobo sauce, with 2 sides, for under $10.

The front glass door opens into a corridor, that is open to the dining room on the left. Incredibly high ceilings, with exposed beams, similar to Piece brewpub.

Bar is straight back on the rear wall. The first thing to catch my eye was the row of 12 taps, that were nearly all craft. The two highest shelves on the back of the bar showcased the craft bottle selection, instead of fancy flavored vodkas. I counted roughly 30-40 bottles, among them were Bam Biére from Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island Matilda, Ommegang Abbey, a few Unibroues, plus 2-3 GLBC options, and 4 selections from Victory. Many styles were represented, leaning toward US craft and Belgian-styles, plus a few Stouts & Porters. Oh, and they even have draft Sprecher Root Beer. On second glance at the menu, the selection seems to be exclusively American, with the exception of Unibroue...so don't expect to see any imports. Still, there are over 100 craft selections, which is impressive.

Atmosphere was ok, it had that brand spanking new quality, with an urban/contemporary feeling interior. Bar was well lit, in the middle of the day.

After returning a 2nd time, the beer menu has expanded slightly, although they were out of 1-2 choices. It was busy on a Sunday afternoon, mixed crowd, with several families there having lunch. For now, it's a promising new spot in this part of town, close to Small Bar, Piece, and Map Room.

End of 2007 visit: still flaky service, expanded inset menu for seasonals with 14-15 options...Noel de Calabaza for $22, Alpha Kong for $26...ouch!
2008: Had a great waiter, plenty or rotating beer options, something new every time. (above prices are now $17 & $22 respectively).

Summer 2008: beer list keeps expanding, bumping up selection score. List has alot of interesting beer-related footnotes, with listed descriptions and scores also. Service has improved some.

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