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Johnnie's Beef

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1935 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4017
847-357-8100
Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Description: great italian beef and awesome italian ice

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Consistently Excellent Italian Beef and Sausage

Johnnie's Beef offers a simple selection of satisfying menu items. The Italian Beef and Sausage is always terrific. They take simple items but execute consistently right every time. A Beef & Sausage Combo with their never greasy French Fries is one of the best simple quick lunches in Chicago land... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
beachwalkerman
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Chicago
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Chicago
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Johnnie's Beef offers a simple selection of satisfying menu items. The Italian Beef and Sausage is always terrific. They take simple items but execute consistently right every time. A Beef & Sausage Combo with their never greasy French Fries is one of the best simple quick lunches in Chicago land, Pricing is reasonable enough to treat several friends to lunch.... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Living in Oklahoma City now. This month I visited Chicago area for a family celebration. While there I was informed by my nephew that down the street from my motel was his favorite Italian Beef restaurant. I definitely had to try it out since I was REALLY craving an honest Chicago-style Italian Beef sandwich with sweet peppers. The photo above... More 

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Johnsburg, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a great Italian beef sandwich. The menu is very limited (beef, sausage, hot dog, etc) but let's face it - you want the Italian beef or combo anyway. The place is always packed but also very fast service so you never wait long. Be aware - they only take CASH (no cards).

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Chicago, Illinois
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526 reviews 526 reviews
407 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It was good, but not the best. There is plenty of parking and there is a nice patio in front. On the door, there is a sign that says "cash only", though they do have an ATM inside. The menu is somewhat limited - beef is the thing. The bread was fresh and the beef was tasty and nicely spiced.... More 

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arlington heights, IL
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The food is your basic Chicago Italian beef (and dogs), which is not to say it's not great, but it's not better than any of the dozens of other (nearby) Italian beef shops. And they only accept cash, which is just SO inconvenient, especially because this place is not cheap.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I love this place! I have an on going debate with a relative who lives in Chicago who claims Al's is the best. I have tried the others and Johnnies is hands down #1. Whenever I visit Chicago I head to Johnnies, its my go to Italian beef sandwich. The others are good but this place is better. You can... More 

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Keller, Texas
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114 reviews 114 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Every time I go back to my roots I always end up going to Johnnies beef. Always great tasting. They have a lemon ice that is incredible. They give you fries with the hotdogs.

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Streamwood, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

After trying Italian beef sandwiches from many places, Johnnie's Beef wins hands down for the tastiest Italian beef sandwich. It is the combination of spices in the gravy that makes the sandwiches unique. We even order ahead 2 or more lbs of Johnnie's Italian beef for our out-of-town guests, so they can enjoy the best tasting Chicago beef sandwiches. (One... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My father has been coming to this location for as long as I can remember,(and im 47). His favorite was the pepper and egg sandwich. I occasionally would walk over during my lunch break in high school. I personally prefer the Portillios roast beef. I think its superior to this places average, watered down flavor. With that being said, this... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If Chicago is the home of Italian Beef, this is the best of the best. Tender slices of roast beef immersed in spicy soup-like gravy (for out of towners) on Italian bread and soaked in gravy. Put some Giardiniera and sauteed Green peppers on it and call it perfection. They are still under $4 for a plain beef. The fries... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1935 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4017
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Arlington Heights
  • Phone Number: 847-357-8100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Description

great italian beef and awesome italian ice
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?