What is very possibly the most unique sandwich menu in the city can now be found on the walls of 877 Mass Ave, where Love Handle has re-opened following its move from the Near Eastside, with the other significant change being an expansion into dinner hours.
Sandwiches available one rainy February day, for example, included fried smelt, taleggio and black raspberry jam. A second option featured braised pork tongue, purple daikon, coffee and mayo.
Breakfast items that day included cheesy cabbage biscuits and gravy, spice kale biscuits and gravy, biscuit sliders with pork belly, and schnitzel and waffle. Sides listed included buffalo chicken gizzards, while add-ons such as spicy pork cheeks, pork hearts, duck eggs and jellied eggs were available.
The menu changes as needed, said chef Chris Benedyk, who operates the restaurant with his wife, Ally. Options change every few days according to the ingredients on hand, he said. The beverage menu includes beer, wine, Tinker Coffee and sodas.
Love Handle creations use meats from Fisher Farms and Miller Chicken, both of Jasper. Vegetables come from Matt Jose’s Mad Farmer’s Collective, while eggs come from Heritage Meadows.
The Benedyks founded Love Handle on East 10th Street about 2.5 years ago.
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.