Food + Wine

American Food

by JANE AND MICHAEL STERN

CHICAGO: Italian beef
The Windy City does street food right. While its hot dogs, known as red hots, are some of the nation's best, we'll opt first for Italian beef. Great heaps of ultra-thin-sliced garlic-infused beef are piled into a length of hearty Italian bread and garnished with roasted red peppers or the spicy pickled vegetable mélange known as giardiniera. Mr. Beef, located north of the Loop, is a stand-up street-eats hut frequented by dusty construction workers and pinstriped executives alike. Regulars ask for their sandwich "dipped," meaning the whole shebang is momentarily submerged in a pan of savory jus. The ultimate (cholesterol-filled) version is a combo, in which the beef is supplemented by a length of taut, rugged-textured Italian sausage.

Mr. Beef
666 N. Orleans
Chicago
Tel: 312 337 8500

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