Some of the most quintessential Chicago eats are below 35th street: The best rib tips and hot links in the city; my absolute favorite old-school burger; birria better than any other I've ever sampled. Get the picture?
'vito & nick's' on Serious Eats
You don't visit for Vito & Nick's for a sandwich, but if one of your dining companions just ran a marathon or has a hole in his or her stomach that needs filling, then it is permissible to take a look at the remainder of the menu and order Jason's Favorite ($6.95).
The beer and grease combo lulled my dining companions well past the point of contentment until our pizzas actually arrived. Crisis averted. And I wasn't the only one with this face-saving idea; looking around the grandparents' basement-esque dining room, I saw one of these adult pacifiers on almost every table in the place.