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School Lunch

A campus fixture (almost) worth the price of tuition

chickenlousPhotos: John Fischer


ortheastern University’s best-kept secret is not the new dorms or high-tech classrooms of this one-time safety school. It’s Chicken Lou’s. This minuscule sandwich shop is nothing more than a shack with a window from which customers can pick up their orders. But the sandwiches are as big as the place is small—and delicious, most notably the “TKO,” with grilled chicken, melted Swiss, and crispy bacon drenched in a honey-mustard sauce, all on a fresh roll. The stand also rolls out killer bacon, egg, and cheeses, making it a crucial breakfast stop. Try the Sex on a Bagel, with sausage, egg, and cheese, or Cholesterol on a Bagel, with bacon, egg, and cheese. Now that’s truth in advertising. Vitale

Northeastern was at one time the largest private university in the United States.