The "Fries Sandwich" at the Vine. | Patrick J. Hurley
The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.
Ever since the 18th century, when an easy-to-eat bread-and-filling combination earned the name "sandwich" after John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich (who didn't want to leave the gambling table to take a meal), the sandwich has become the most popular form of lunchtime calorie absorption for busy Americans. And if you're really hungry, get something on the side, like french fries. And yet -- if only someone would take the french fries and actually put them on the sandwich. Crazy? Until you've had the "Fries Sandwich" at the Vine Mediterranean Cafe and Market (3171 South Grand Boulevard; 314-776-0991), you might think so.More »