Parisi’s Drive-In (address and info)
A vintage Southwest Side drive-in that feels like you might see your high school quarterback and his cheerleader girlfriend drive up at any moment. Beef is well down the long menu, but it’s pretty good with solid spicy flavor. Enjoy it with one of their most excellent shakes.
Jimmy’s Homemade Italian Beef (address and info)
The number of Mexican items on the menu suggests an old Italian place no longer in touch with its roots. So it's a pleasant surprise that the combo is so good -- well-spiced with sausage that clearly came from a first-rate Italian deli in the area. Best of all, the bread (from Sicilian Bakery on Harlem) was toasted before the beef was dished up -- a nice touch we’ve never seen anywhere else.
Patio Beef (address and info)
Best Beef? Hey, this is close to being an Only Beef for its area, where it’s easier to get Ethiopian injera than a Vienna red hot. But it’s a friendly, gently run-down place that turns out totally solid versions of all the Chicago classics, beef included.
Tony’s Italian Deli & Subs (address and info)
With no relation to any other Tony’s on the list, this is a market on an Italian strip on the Northwest Side that does a great job with Italian beef and especially the combo, thanks to superior house-made sausage. Have one of their beefs, then hit Conca D’Oro next door for Italian cookies.