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Winner: Breakfast Cemita
Restaurant: Dove’s Luncheonette, Chicago
Food cost: $3
Ingredients: Green chile-chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, Muenster cheese, crispy fried onions, smoked pepper aioli and a maple syrup-dipped Mexican-style bun
What makes it special: Special attention is paid to perfect scrambled eggs and cheese that’s melted just so over the spicy sausage. It takes a dunk in maple syrup and is finished with a sprinkling of smoked sea salt to draw out the smoky flavors even more.
What others are saying: “A bygone Southern lunch counter” and a “Tex-Mex-inspired diner worth its salt(ed margarita)” is how diningchicago.com described Dove’s when it first opened. This sandwich encompasses those characteristics.