- The almond nut butter sandwich at Little Freshie.
Work is piling up, and noon has long come and gone, and you know that lunch will be something scavenged from a vending machine or a drive-through window. Little Freshie (811 W. 17th St.) wants to rid the world of those moments. The soda, coffee and snow-cone shop on the West Side recently started serving to-go sandwiches ($6).
"We know a lot of people eat lunch at their desks. They don't want to do that; they just do," the barista explained to me yesterday. "This way, they can have something they can just grab and enjoy."
- The salami sandwich at Little Freshie.
Little Freshie currently has salami, provolone and roasted red peppers with a dash of vinegar and olive oil on pretzel bread, as well as an almond nut butter sandwich with honeyed Granny Smith apples and sharp cheddar on ciabatta. The offerings, which also include pretzel twists, change frequently. A mozzarella and fig jam sandwich was recently in the rotation. The sandwiches come with a gherkin on the side, kind of a tiny pickle surprise. Vegans and carnivores can both find a pleasant lunch bite. As for drinks, I'd steer you toward the vanilla and fig soda ($3), which tastes like what you wish cream soda always tastes like. Skip the chips and instead get a salted caramel macaron from Au Bon Macaron.
Little Freshie also has a cookie happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Buy a coffee and get a free chocolate chip cookie (they're made by Dolce Bakery for the coffee shop).