Al’s Italian Beef, 169 West Ontario St., Chicago, IL .. with more locations.
Another worthy choice for lunch in Chicago..or anytime, is Al’s Italian Beef with many locations throughout Chicagoland. This sandwich is one of my top 5 in the country and definitely worth a try. Like Chicago style pizza and hot dogs, Italian beef is also a Foodie’s battleground as to the best in this city. I pick Al’s! Every aspect I prefer, the roll, the meat, the au jus, giardinere, sweet peppers….it suits my taste buds and makes them dance. You must have the sandwich dipped, it’s the only proper way to eat it, dipped in the warm lovely seasoned beefy broth. If you don’t dip, then don’t bother…you miss the scrumptiousness of the entire experience. And eat it right away. You can also learn the Al’s leaning stance, like Adam Richman did. If standing at the counter to eat, you want to set your feet back a bit and lean into it as to not becoming a hot mess. Want a kick? Add giardinere. Bonus!
Sorry for the half eaten shot…I couldn’t resist digging in ASAP! As seen on Food Wars, Man vs Food, and Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich In America.
5 out of 5, never disappoints my happy place. A must stop when visiting Chicago.
http://alsbeef.com for menu and more locations.