I love sandwiches. Any sandwich. Give me a Panini, a wrap, a sub, even just a plain white bread sandwich and I will be happy. Today I went to get my favorite sandwich in Milwaukee. I discovered the #11 about a year ago and I have never been able to go back.
The Green Kitchen is a little stand in the Milwaukee Public Market that serves sandwiches, salads, wraps and juices. It is conveniently located right by the front entrance, so it is pretty hard to miss. When I first went to The Green Kitchen, I had no idea what to get. I asked the man who was working and he suggested the #11, which was featured on the cover of the May 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. I figured since it was good enough to be on the cover of a magazine, it was good enough for me. To this day, I have not found a sandwich as delicious as this one.
The #11 is listed as a “Hot Artisan Sandwich” and is served on two thick slices of ciabatta bread. It is stuffed with chicken, fresh mozzarella, arugula-basil pesto, tomato and fresh arugula and sells for $8.45. They place the giant sandwich in the Panini press, wrap it in foil, and there you have it. The bread is perfectly toasted with beautiful grill marks and has a crunchy outside and a soft inside. The structure of the ciabatta helps to make sure the sandwich keeps its shape. This is a sandwich that won’t have half of your ingredients leaking out the sides. On the inside of the bread, the arugula-basil pesto is spread generously, and acts as a glue to hold all of the fresh arugula inside. Fresh slices of tomato and mozzarella are laid on top of the pieces of chicken and together, it provides and almost religious experience. The freshness of the ingredients is what makes this sandwich great, and to me, the shining star is the mozzarella. It is so delicate in flavor with a nice light texture, but the best part is that it doesn’t melt in the Panini press. Most Paninis have the cheese melted inside to help hold the ingredients together, but it would be a sin to melt this perfect cheese, and the employees of The Green Kitchen know that. Not only is this sandwich full of fresh and crisp flavors, it is extremely filling. I can usually only finish half of the sandwich, but go back within an hour to finish the rest, because the taste is too good to resist.