None one does Italian Beef sandwiches better than Illinois. I’m talking about tender meat, a good bun, and, the key: lots and lots of juice. If it’s not soaked, it’s not a real sandwich. Here are 10 great places in Illinois to get your fix.
1. Jay's Beef
Jay's has been serving these delicious sandwiches for 50 years, and the recipe has been around for three generations. 9732 W Irving Park Rd, Schiller Park, IL.
2. Uncle Nick's
Don't dismiss this place as "just a gyros place." They know how to make a good Italian beef sandwich. 918 E State St, Rockford, IL.
3. Schooner's Bloomington
This is actually a place you can sit back and enjoy. The sandwiches are just as legit, though, as the hole in the wall places. 810 E Grove St, Bloomington, IL.
4. Joe Boston's Italian Beef
Bread and meat will be soaked. That is the way you make this sandwich. And the fries are yummy, too. 2932 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL.
5. Johnny's Beef and Gyros
Solid bread and juicy beef make for a great pair. 3567 W Jefferson St, Joliet, IL.
6. Al's #1 Italian Beef
Perhaps the most famous Italian beef shop, this place had to make the list. The juice might be the best on this list. 3420 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657.
7. Nicky's Red Hots
They've got the best sandwich in the 'burbs. It's served on great French bread and is plenty juicy. 335 E Ogden Ave, Naperville, IL.
8. Louie's P&R
No one knows about this place other than locals, but they really need to. This is how it's done. 120 E Walnut St, Herrin, IL.
9. Original Mr. Beef
Look at this sandwich: THAT'S A LOT OF MEAT. And that's exactly the way it should be. 12320 W 143rd St, Homer Glen, IL.
10. Tony's Italian Beef
Homemade giardinera and large portions keep locals coming back for more. 4100 W. Madison Street, Chicago, IL.