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Al's Beef and Catering on Adams
601 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 559-2333
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Italian Beef

Al's Beef and Catering on Adams

Zagat
... the most authentic version [...] Stuffed with lots and lots of thin slices of roasted beef, it's then topped with giardiniera (pickled vegetables) and served on a long Italian roll.
Adam Richman's Best Sandwich
The bread, I don't think it even matters. Once you dunk it, [...] it soaks up all that flavor in the gravy... [...] Absolutely outstanding. It's rich, it's on the spicier side. It's not greasy at all, which is kind of remarkable. [...] It's a unique experience, nothing that translates anywhere else.
Serious Eats
Al's is Chicago's oldest and probably best known beef stand, but for some reason nobody else bothers trying to duplicate the flavor it gets from mystery seasonings like nutmeg and/or clove and/or cinnamon along with the traditional spices. The tender flavorful meat and classic giardiniera was enough for Nick and I to vote Al's #1...
Esquire
...thinly sliced beef on bread from the 122-year-old Gonella bakery, enhanced by giardiniera, a fermented vegetable relish made with hot peppers and celery.
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