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Johnnie's Beef

Fast Food Restaurant

How is this Elmwood Park institution (accessible from the city via the North Avenue bus) different than your neighborhood beef place? Well, unlike yours, it has the city's BEST Italian beef and BEST Italian ice. The beef at Johnnie's is smothered in a spice-rich, complex gravy and the sausages are juicy every time. Have cash, an appetite, and patience ready (there will be a line and it will be worth it).

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