A really good chicken sandwich can be hard to find; so many are dry or stringy or downright boring. But great chicken—juicy, flavorful, maybe with some crisp skin in the mix—is perfect sandwich fodder. You can't really beat fried chicken on a bun, but it's just as good grilled and stacked with avocado, roasted and slicked with fat...or, well, we'll let this list of chicken sandwich stars speak for itself.
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I don't usually go for the chicken sandwich, but the shredded poached chicken at James is absolutely blanketed in melted brie, and the two fuse into a salty, fatty core in which every morsel is totally saturated with cheese.
The current lunch menu at James in Prospect Heights is a celebration of vegetables, with enticing-sounding salads and vegetarian plates and sandwiches, but I couldn't resist the Cured Salmon & Beets ($12) sandwich.
It is nice to find a place where brunch entrées range primarily from $9-12, and are composed, thoughtful dishes, rather than just slapped-together Eggs Benedict.
James has something for everyone: bar snacks for those getting a drink after work, a good looking burger and fries, and fancier fare for those looking for a nice meal out. I left feeling jealous of the residents of Prospect Heights: we should all be so lucky to have a neighborhood restaurant like James.
Sunchoke, Celery and Apple Soup with Smoked Trout and Fennel Roasted Baby Beets, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Warm Goat Cheese Dill Vinaigrette Apple and Endive Salad with Stilton and Roasted Pecans Roasted Quail stuffed with Duck Sausage and Creamy Sage...