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Al's #1 Italian Beef

#499 of 7,469 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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University Village / Little Italy
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1079 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4224
(312) 226-4017
Wednesday
Closed
Hours:
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to the Taylor street location across from Mario's Italian Lemonade. These Italian Beefs sandwiches, when dipped in the juice with peppers (hot and mild) are ineffable! Wish we had a location here in Wisconsin!

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Thank Michael R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I absolutely had to try an Italian beef sandwich while I was in Chicago. Al's #1 was crazy awesome delicious. Def opt for the hot peppers and bring cash!

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Thank Elaine H
Avon, Oh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've had beef sandwiches in other cities before, but on my most recent visit to Chicago, I decided to stop here and try one. The sandwich was wonderful, I got mine dipped with the sweet peppers. I will definitely stop again on my next visit to Chicago.

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Thank Cleveland926
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I always go to Al's when in Chicago. I love how full of flavor and juicy their subs are. The fact that they are dipped in the juice makes them way better then Portillos. It might be a bet pricey but it's worth every penny.

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Thank Omar G
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in a nice easy neighborhood, this order at the counter and take it with uou place was pretty efficient. Small. Some parking. No alcohol. Picnic tables outside. Beef was very good. Could have had tastier pepper combo on top. Fries to die for. Glad I tried this Chicago staple.

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Thank Shari W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have had beef sandwiches at many amazing delis and this tops them all. It is fast and simple and so good.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

I have always wanted to try Al's Italian beef so when given the chance I jumped on it. I ordered the combo with the regular beef, dipped with hot peppers, fries and a drink. I was so disappointed by it!! I had such high expectations and this sandwich completely let me down!! I have no idea what the hype is... More 

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Thank Kelly C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

The beef in this regular size beef sandwich is very good. Just don't choose cheddar cheese- it is sauce- yuck! Makes this even more impossible to eat. Provolone was much better. The bun rapidly saturates and becomes a giant mess, also. 2 sandwiches, which were $6.59, cost me $17.+ when I added the peppers and cheese. Seemed a bit much.... More 

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Thank Ask108
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

They have two sizes of the classic Chicago Italian beef sandwich. I went with the large which is about 8 or so inches long. That and a water ran me $12. I got the sweet peppers (as opposed to hot) and went with a double dip of my sandwich to get all that juice goodness. There's some counter space to... More 

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Thank Steve H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Simply, greasy and absolutely delicious. This place is like a Chicago staple. I will eat here again when I come into Chicago.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Italian, American, Fast Food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1079 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4224
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: (312) 226-4017

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