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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 #247 of 8,419 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Delivery, Late Night
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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

It's a bit out of the way, but worth every step. The italian beef is amazing - I got mine hot and wet - and I would go back tomorrow. It's a small clean restaurant and the staff are great. They'll walk you through the menu and your options and are super helpful. We definitely will return!

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San Ramon, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Need a filling lunch that epitomizes Chicago? Go for none other than Al's Italian Beef. Ordered a beef sandwich w/ peppers. "Wet" version. So the bun was dipped. You have to get the fries. Amazing meal!

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

For years I thought Portillo's was the word on Italian beef in Chicago but wandering around the river north area a stumbled upon this little gem....not glitzy at all and very plain as far as atmosphere goes but the food is super. I've had the beef, the sausage, and their Chicago dog as well as excellent chili fries. Counter service... More 

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Westmont, Illinois, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Great Italian beef sandwich and fries. Service was good and fast. The atmosphere is just ok. But I will be back for sure!

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Lenexa, Kansas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had to try it since it is something of a Chicago item, if you will. I wouldn't go out of my way to have another one.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We popped in here on a recommendation from a friend. It did not disappoint. Quick service and really good food.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This place ain't classy. It pretty fast-food-like but the dipped italian beef sandwich with peppers was an absolute treat. I really enjoyed it. The fries were delicious too, skin on, crispy and salty. I enjoyed my sandwich sat inside while the heavens opens outside. I would definitely make it a priority to stop by for another Italian beef if I... More 

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Naples, Florida
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216 reviews 216 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Got it lightly dipped, and it was delicious. The only disappointment was the peppers, which weren't seasoned. The fries are the best though, so it's a tough call when picking a favorite.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This location wasn't listed because I think it is newer but it is the same old GOOD Italian Beef sandwich. I always get it "dipped w/ hot and sweet peppers!" This location is ice w/ seats that face the street if you want a view while you eat. This is a mandatory stop when I am in Chi-town!

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Henderson, Nevada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is hands down one of the best Italian beef sandwiches I've ever had. I'm not big on cold sandwiches a la Jimmy John's, so the warm beef and au jus were a huge plus. There's no easy way to eat this sandwich. You just have to pick it up and expect juice to drip everywhere. That being said, this... More 

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Additional Information about Al's #1 Italian Beef

Address: 169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone Number: (312) 943-3222
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Delicatessen

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