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The Best Italian Beef Sandwiches in Chicago

I set out to sample 11 different Italian Beefs with three friends. We came with eager stomachs and a fairly wide array of experience. I've been eating the sandwiches for at least 25 years. At each stop, we each ate about three inches of a sandwich, each of which was topped with giardiniera and dipped in the thin gravy. Our goal wasn't to crown the best Italian Beef in the city—that cannot be done in just one day. Find out the results. Spoiler: it's not Al's. More

Standing Room Only: Alpine Food Shop

"This handmade sub is the kind that most neighborhoods would dream of having. It's the anti-Subway." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Alpine Food Shop 7538 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park IL 60707 (map); 708-453-3505; alpinefoodshop.com The Short Order: Family-run Italian deli with... More

Standing Room Only: Tropi Cuban

"It's one of the best sandwiches you can get in Chicago for under $4." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Tropi Cuban 3000 W. Lyndale Street, Chicago IL 60647 (map); 773-252-0230 The Short Order: Friendly stand in Cuban grocery store, with incredible Cuban... More

Standing Room Only: Bari Foods

"It's a nearly perfect Italian sandwich." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Bari Foods 1120 W Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60622 (map) The Short Order: Perfectly proportioned Italian sub with spicy giardiniera Want Fries with That? Nope. Just pick up some chips on... More

Serious Sandwiches: Johnnie's Combo Beef, Chicago

I know, with so many new restaurants opening each day and so many tasty leads to follow, sometimes I take the local food icons here in Chicago for granted. I even forsake them occasionally. But, with so many fanny pack clad tourists descending on our city in search of salad dogs, deep dish pizza, and the Italian beef, I don't really think they need me. More

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