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Sandwich shop in the Illinois Center that specializes in roast turkey. There are multiple downtown locations.

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In much the same way that Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing slowly changed into 3M, maker of Post-It Notes, Jaffa Bagels has become the city's preeminent supplier of fresh roast turkey sandwiches. All the dozens of corporate lunchers in line are there to order the lunch special, which is a turkey sandwich, generous soda, and chips for around $7. You get your own drink first, then quickly give the line of servers your order, for example: "mixed, dry, sesame." Which means mixed dark and white meat, without extra juice, on a sesame bun. The second guy in the serving line mans the condiments, which include perfectly executed falafel balls; the cashier bags it and inserts off-brand chips. The sandwich itself is delicious, the platonic ideal of the post-Thanksgiving leftover. By the way, I've never seen anyone there order a bagel, but then again, the staff doesn't seem like they're from Jaffa either. There are five additional locations in downtown Chicago: Ogilvie Transportation Center (500 W. Madison), Garvey Food Court (201 N. Clark), North Bridge Food Court (520 N. Michigan), 105 W. Madison, and 186 W. Van Buren.

Peter Sagal

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