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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 #248 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Orleans, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I have read some negative reviews. I am happy to say I have nothing at all negative to say. You're in the city tell 'em how you want it! The food was excellent and so was the service!

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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

You haven't had an Italian Beef until you had Al's. The beef itself is marinated and cooked to perfection--and that isn't even the best part. Right before your sandwich is wrapped and served, it is submerged generously in the juices that the meat was cooked in. I always go for the giardiniera which is hotter. It is a good and... More

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Dearborn, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I saw this restaurant featured in several food shows, so when my wife and I traveled to Chicago we had to try it. The fresh cut French fried were amazing. We both got the Italian beef sandwich, which was very good. I say go for the hot peppers on top while she prefers the sweet ones. Either way you can't... More

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Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We are huge fans of this place. We stopped on our way to the cubs game. I had the little ALs with onions, provolone dipped. My husband had the large combo with peppers and giardiniera dipped. This place never disappoints. I know there are a lot of other Italian beef choices out there but ALs is the original, no frills... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My husband and I walked a few miles just so we could eat here again while in town. The Italian beef is out of this world. Messy but worth it!

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New York City
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We only had a few days in Chi Town but we knew we had to fit this place into our schedule. For us, we had beef for breakfast because it was the only time we could fit it in. We were there about 11 AM and the place was packed. It is small but each table was full. Get your... More

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Toronto
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Go to Al's beef at least twice and make sure you are very hungry, there's alot of locations and the food will not disappoint.

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Northbrook, Illinois, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Without a doubt, Al's is the best place to get authentic and fresh Chicago-style Italian Beef. Don't miss it! And remember the "Italian stance" as you eat it so you don't get messy!!!

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Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We ask a waiter at another restaurant to recommend a great place for our first Italian Beef experience and he said "the original Big Al's". A friend and I shared the Large Italian Beef and we had it dipped as well as having the sweet and hot peppers. It was as good as all the hype! We sat outside and... More

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This sandwich really is everything people say it is. Get it dipped, messy but amazing flavor! I wish i would have went back a couple more times before i left.

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