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“Get the hot peppers, not the sweet !!”

Al's #1 Italian Beef
Ranked #279 of 10,076 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Delivery
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Incredible sandwich served hot and quick! Personally one of the best beef sandwiches I have ever had. Worth the trip and a return trip if possible even if only in town for a few days.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

I don't understand it. Every time an out-of-town celebrity talks about Italian beef in Chicago, the conversation turns to Mr. Beef on Orleans, Jay Leno's favorite hangout. Well, I've been there and sampled the beef sandwich. And I'm here to tell you that Mr. Al's Italian Beef, located nearby at Ontario and Wells, is the best in Chicago, not the more celebrated and overrated Mr. Beef. So let the war begin. My standing order via the drive-through? Two hot dogs with everything but peppers, one Italian beef sandwich without peppers and one order of french fries. My wife orders an Italian beef with peppers. Why is Mr. Al's superior to Mr. Beef? The Italian beef bun is softer and chewier and juicier and tastier. The beef is thinner and tastier. It may sound like a sound bite out of a Clint Eastwood movie but I love to dip my beef sandwich in ketchup rather than au jous. No matter, it can't be beat. Even if Jay Leno says so.

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

No trip to Chicago is complete without getting an Italian Beef sandwich, and there's no place better than Al's. It's messy but oh so good!

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

besides deep dish, Italian beef is the classic local food and Al's is my favorite. very casual, but always good and juicy

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Thank BrainDoc90
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

The beef sandwich was just okay. I really wanted to like it but it was fairly bland, even with the cheese and peppers (steamed green bell peppers). The people were incredibly nice and friendly but they don't have a bathroom on site which was very disappointing for a sit-down restaurant.

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