Shop & Dine at the Same Time: Gourmet Sandwiches Available at Sunset Grill

A turkey wrap with mango salsa and house made chips, front, and a Build Your Own with roast beef, turkey and cheddar. – photos by Tina Johansson

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by Tina Johansson

When I’m craving a sandwich, Sunset Grill in Libertyville has it hands down.

Whether wraps, burgers, paninis or just anything tasty between two slices of bread, this hidden gem located inside Sunset Foods grocery store is my pick for one of the top lunch places of all time.

Apparently others are finding out about it too which is why they had to double the size of the place a few years ago.

Originally a small service counter with a few tables, the place now has room for nearly 50 diners, an 8-stool bar where tap beer and wine is served, and a nice size prep area.

Over the last year it has upgraded further with modern tables and chairs and the addition of a half-wall partitioning the order and preparation area from the dining room.

Close to a dozen fresh soups including two kinds of chili are offered daily at a nearby hot table. Endless chilled lemon water and name brand coffee are offered free of charge.

Order your sandwich at the counter, and it will be brought to your table. Sandwiches come with a choice of crunchy house made potato chips or crispy red delicious apple.

Speaking of sandwiches, let’s start with the Build Your Own for $7. One of the reasons that keeps me coming back to the Grill is that it offers healthy choices including antibiotic-free turkey and no-nitrate smoked ham.

Besides the four meat options, there are five cheeses, nine breads and eleven toppings to choose from.

Or have one of the hot, pressed paninis at $8. Included among the five selections is the Angry Cuban, Swiss Turkey Robinson and Chicken Caesar.

You can also have the Chicken Caesar as a wrap – one of the top sellers at the Grill, according to Brandon Hudson-Day of Zion, one of the Grill employees. Another popular wrap here is the Acapulco Chicken made with antibiotic-free chicken breast.

Sunset Grill inside Sunset Foods in Libertyville offers an array of fresh and healthy options for lunch.

A wrap I find myself ordering over and over is the Turkey with Mango Salsa. All of the wraps by the way, can be made into salads.

One year employee D’Ariese Jeffries of Grayslake said he favors cooking with the grill. Indeed the place offers quite a few grilled items including a myriad of burger options with the Build Your Own Burger ($8) made with certified Angus beef or antibiotic-free ground turkey. And if it’s vegetarian that you like, there is a Portobello burger.

There is a kids menu featuring mini-burgers to cheese quesadillas and Vienna hot dogs. Several types of breakfast sandwiches are offered from 8 a.m. to noon. And on Fridays there are fish sandwiches from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sunset Grill offers takeout and catering. To order in advance for pickup, call 847.573.9570 or order online at sunsetfoods.com .

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