It’s tempting to curse the overload of mediocre sandwiches near the Loop. But when you discover Pastoral, you forget about all the others. This neighborhood specialty shop, which peddles wine, cheese, bread, and yes, sandwiches, is a secret among in-the-know Chicagoans who have eschewed chain vehicles of lunchmeat and embraced this European-style, fresh-baked, made-to-order handheld meal, made with cured meats and artisanal cheeses. One glimpse at the menu, which reveals traditional-with-a-twist options—the Mediterranean turkey is roasted local turkey with house-made basil pesto, white bean puree, red onion, and oven-roasted tomatoes; and the Atun a Tuna is Spanish tuna with house-made black olive tapenade, piquillo peppers, red onions, shaved celery, tomatoes, and field greens—and you may never order your sandwich by its lengths (6-inch or 12) again. Quick and affordable, Pastoral is an easy stop for a quick bite to eat between meetings or for packing into a picnic and heading to the beach or Millennium Park.