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“Just good food”
Review of Johnnie's Beef

Johnnie's Beef
Ranked #1 of 44 Restaurants in Elmwood Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Fast Food
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating
suburban Chicago
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Just good food”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

There is no atmosphere at Johnnies Beef. You stand in line, sometimes outside, no matter what time of day you get there. They operate kind of like the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld. You give your order, pay and step to the left. In seconds your order is slapped into a bag and is on the counter in front of you. No dining room. There is a counter to lean on in bad weather and a half dozen picnic tables outside. The food is obviously delicious (hence the line) while the choices are limited. They serve beef, sausage, combo's and hot dogs. You can get fries, a tamale and a drink. They also have fantastic Italian lemonade. Cash only.

This place is well worth a special trip.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Chicago, IL
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Best Beef sandwich in town”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Best flavor and extra juicy beefs. A staple for many years.....we grew on Johnny's beef...lines are usually out the door.

Visited June 2012
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Thank browneydlady
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River Forest
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Great Lunch Food!”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Long lines but its usually worth it for a real beef or hot dog- not the mass produced portillos kind

Visited July 2012
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Thank Jeni Q
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Harwood Heights, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“good food”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

I have been here several times and the went the one in Arlington Heights 2x. The Johnnies on North Ave is almost always packed but it is really worth the wait. The beefs and the italian ice are delicious

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Thank DG440
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Chicago, IL
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Better than Al's, Portillo's and others”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

I have been going to Johnnie's since I was a little girl. Some things have changed but this has always been a local version of the Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi". Stand in line, know your order (and how to order), order, and move over. Recommend the Combo, Juicy, with hot peppers and a Large Ice no lid.Stop in!!

  • Visited July 2012
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