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Al's #1 Italian Beef

169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Near North Side)
(312) 943-3222
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Ranked #220 of 8,284 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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276 reviews from our community

79% Recommend
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Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

A small hole in the wall place in the heart of Chicago. The Italian beef sandwich is one of the best that I have ever had. Be sure to get the peppers and onions on it. You can't wrong.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

we normally stop by here when in town. make sure you get the beef sandwich dipped in juice! the peppers make it pretty hot so be careful what you order... i cant wait to go back.

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We enjoyed our first official Chicago style hotdog here along with the specialty of the house, the Italian Beef sandwich. Both were wonderful. When spending time in Chicago, be sure to try this place! Very casual and budget friendly. Just good messy food!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The actual Al's Beef I ate at was located at 234 S Wabash Ave Chicago IL 60604. The italian beef sandwich dipped was phenomenal! I also had some fries which were delicious. I highly recommend Al's Beef, the best Italian beef sandwich I experienced in Chicago!

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New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The food was yummy. Definitely enjoyed it (although a bit greasy). Not sure what the hype is about. I wouldn't go out of your way to make this a stop on your culinary experience. If you happen to be in the area - check it out! (Blue cheese fries! Those were great!)

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Akron, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Had a great Chicago experience eating at Al's Beef! Got a little bit of everything - Chicago dog, little Al, and a burger. Delish!

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Amarillo, Texas, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Loved this little place. It was 2 blocks from our hotel and service was friendly and fast. Loved the original and we had it dipped and it wasn't hot for us. Really enjoyed it.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Italian beef with hot peppers at Al's are the best. I love Italian beef sandwiches and have eaten them many places. But I think that Chicago has the best of the best and Al's is tops.

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minneapolis, mn
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Went here at 2am last Saturday night, after a wild cab ride. Enjoyed the people watching and also enjoyed the tasty sandwich. Slept like a baby afterwards, no heartburn at all. Had the regular size roast beef with sweet peppers, and dipped. Fantastic!

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Omaha, Nebraska
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Tried Al's on a recent trip to Chicago. The Italian beef sandwich, dipped with hot peppers, was great. We also loved the cheese fries.

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