J.P. Graziano is steeped in tradition, and it shows in their consistent and awesome lineup of sandwiches. But they're trying something new.
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Over the course of a year, I eat more french fries and onion rings than is probably currently legal per person in New York City. But just when potatoes and onions start to weigh me down (literally and figuratively), I come across a deep fried dish that renews my Quixotic quest of slogging through Chicago's fryers.
Have you ever noticed that the best spicy dishes are never labeled as such? They warn you of what's to come, but they never mention fire, suicide, or anything related to volcanology. That's just how they are supposed to taste. Here are the dishes that get our noses running in the best possible way.
When it comes to finding the perfect Italian grinder or sub, I take the hunt very seriously. Fresh ingredients are key&madsh;from the type of bread down to the choice of dressing. The moment I walked in J.P. Graziano's in the West Loop, I knew I was in the right place to get my fix.
Every once in a while you come across a sandwich that so grabs your attention that you wonder whether you'd ever want to eat anything else. We asked all of our contributors to pick out their favorite sandwich in Chicago, and the picks are as diverse as you'd expect, from gut-busting behemoths to nicely proportioned ones.
Every few weeks, we love to check in with chefs or food personalities in Chicago to see where they are eating in the neighborhoods they actually live in. Last time, Heather Terhune showed us around Lincoln Square. Now it's time for Justin Large to select his favorite spots around the West Loop.
Audibly crunchy and nicely salted, both beans are substantially heartier than similar fried snacks. In other words, a handful of these will actually stave off hunger.
Though spring is only two days old, this record-setting run of absolutely gorgeous weather feels more like the middle of summer here in Chicago—not that we're complaining. So even though we are still weeks away from the traditional date when restaurants lug out their outdoor furniture, we're already jockeying for prime outdoor tables around town.
While I didn't know Will personally, I think he'd be proud that his sandwich is being ordered by complete strangers around the city. It's a fitting tribute to a person who cared deeply for the local Chicago food scene.
For most of J.P. Graziano's 70-plus year history, the focus has been as a wholesaler importing top-quality Italian foods. More recently, the fourth-generation owner has focused on establishing the shop's place among the best places to get a sub in Chicago.
J.P. Graziano Grocery Company is not new, but its sandwiches are. Up until a few years ago, the West Loop storefront was simply an Italian importer on an increasingly popular stretch of Randolph Ave. But after adding a sandwich counter, it almost immediately started kicking out some of my favorite sandwiches in the city.