When something new opens, I'm all for trying it out.
McHenry's Hub Market definitely fits that billing.
For starters, the butcher shop has some great options and they were busy when we stopped in on a recent weekday afternoon. If you follow them on Facebook, you can find their daily and weekly specials on everything from ribs to roasts.
Also, they do have beer and wine options, but we didn't go in that direction either. This coming Friday, they're having a tasting event with Lake Zurich Brewing at 3 p.m.
They have cans of beer, everything from Crystal Lake Brewing's Fox Rocker and Beach Blonde or Revolution's Anti-Hero to Brickstone's Hop Skip for $5 apiece.
There also are several wine options, which you can order by the bottle or by the glass.
Instead, we were in the mood for soup and sandwiches.
My fellow diner picked out the turkey bacon club ($10) while I chose the corned beef and Swiss panini on marble rye ($8) special. I also picked a bowl of chicken noodle soup ($4) and a drink.
There is seating in the back and up front. We chose sitting along the front window, which gave a great view of a pretty packed Green Street, despite the cold weather.
The soup came out first with the bowl sitting on slate. It was the chunky variety, homemade with the best ingredients.
Then the sandwiches arrived. You could tell they were going to be good when they were set down. The turkey bacon club comes with turkey, bacon, avocado, Swiss, garlic aioli, arugula, red onion, tomato on sourdough bread.
The bread was a highlight, for sure. And I can tell you that my fellow diner wants to come back, because this deli has some how quality food.
My corned beef panini came out warm, with a jar of Maille original Dijon mustard.
It came out warm, freshly pressed. I also got both pickle spears because my fellow diner doesn't like them.
Hub Market has seven sandwiches on its regular menu – The Hub Grinder, turkey bacon club, Green Street cold beef, Caprese vegetarian, cranberry turkey panini, ribeye steak sandwich and the corned beef Swiss panini – and you know you'll get quality ingredients and a sandwich freshly constructed before your eyes.
There's also a kids meal option and rotating homemade soups. I want to try the loaded potato too.
As we headed out, we got a bowl of chili ($4) to go.
I ate it later and it was delicious. Next time, I'm trying the ribeye steak sandwich, for sure.
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