Eat Pizza for Breakfast, Because Life Is Short
1. Bari1120 W Grand Ave, Chicago
2. Hot Dog Station4742 N Kimball Ave, Chicago
3. Flub A Dub Chub's3021 N Broadway, Chicago
4. Bombacigno's J & C Restaurant558 W Van Buren St, Chicago
5. Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery701 West 31st St, Chicago
6. Jimmy's Homemade Italian Beef7542 1/2 W Addison, Chicago
7. Nottoli Italian Foods5025 N Harlem Ave, Chicago
8. Tony's Italian Deli & Subs6708 Northwest Hwy, Chicago
9. Beef & Burger4148 W Montrose Ave, Chicago
10. Celli's8080 N Mikwaukee Ave, Niles
11. Parisi’s Drive-In6216 W 63rd St, Chicago
12. The Butcher & Larder1026 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Bari's an Italian grocer known for delicious sandwiches like their Italian beef -- house-made giardiniera, thick-cut beef with savory gravy, and a sturdy roll that will hold up to all that hearty stuff inside. The West Loop hot spot, therefore, serves up some of the best sandwiches in the city, and the sheer variety on the menu makes it difficult to just pick one sandwich to choose from. We recommend going for the footlong prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, which perfectly combines salty and creamy flavors.
This reliable hot-dog joint is right across the street from the Kimball Brown Line stop, and will impress you with a few gourmet-style dogs. Traditional Chicago dogs are served alongside the "Long Island" (kraut, chili, onions), other geographically-named wieners, and popular Italian beef sandwiches.
This Lakeview eatery is nestled in a basement along Broadway and it serves up quality greasy eats like burgers and 'dogs. Pro-tip: try the extra thick hot dog called the Chubby.
Bombacigno’s J & C Inn, which is a lunch-only joint, makes a mean meatball subs. They makes everything from scratch, except the bread it goes on -- for that they use the great crusty-fluffy Italian loaf from D’Amato’s.
This Bridgeport pizza/sub joint covers all the classic Italian bases, from steak sandwiches to Italian ice. Like most of the sandwiches here, the beef is a monster, densely packed with lots of meat and the house giardiniera.
You could live your whole life in Chicago and never stumble across this little beef shack with a diner counter, as it's tucked along a quiet stretch of Addison at the city’s edge. But, they do a first-rate Italian beef combo, with flavorful sausage from a local deli, and toasted bun from nearby Sicilian Bakery.
This Norwood Park Italian grocery and deli slices beef fresh to order before soaking it in the broth. The broth is a little restrained in flavor, so be sure to ask for the excellent house-made giardiniera to give it some kick.
This low-maintenance, down-to-Earth Northwest Side Italian grocery is as famous for its Italian goods as its subs -- for instance, the beef combo. In lieu of something bought from, well, the grocery store, it incorporates a house-made sausage -- and it’s pretty great, too.
This is the kind of Greek burger stand with a menu consisting of approximately everything you’ve ever eaten in your life, where you might not think the beef (or anything not spelled G-Y-R-O-S) is going to be a standout. But it’s quite credible, and the fresh-cut fries make everything even better.
A Milwaukee Ave suburban joint with roots on the Northwest Side of the city, Celli's offers one of the most aggressively spiced (and salty) broths in the Italian beef game, and does a great char on the sausage in a combo with sweet or hot peppers. If you’re starting to think all beefs taste the same, reset your palate here.
This is a Clearing staple for it's beef hot dogs and awesome sammies, even if it doesn't look very nice from the outside.
From the man who used to run the meat-centric kitchen at Mado, B&L is a boutique whole-animal butcher procuring all of its product -- from T-bones & tenderloins to obscure cuts & offal -- from local farms, also using them in soups, charcuterie, and more.