Pastoral, 53 E. Lake St.; 312-658-1250, pastoralartisan.com
Foodies short on money and time can still spoil themselves at this incredible gourmet food store and deli. In addition to sandwiches and salads, Pastoral offers a small but fine selection of meats, cheeses, sweets, condiments and wine. Our sandwich picks: the canard balsamico ($7.99, above), featuring herbed duck confit, balsamic cipollini onions, Dijon mustard, field greens and fromager d'affinois cheese on a crusty baguette; and the sandwich campagne, with country pate, Swiss gruyere, cornichons and a grainy mustard. Runner-up: the excellent, largely organic soups, sweets and sandwiches at Hannah's Bretzel (233 N. Michigan Ave. 312-621-1111) in the toasty warm Illinois Center pedway.