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NameNeighborhoodAddressBeef textureGiard TypeBeefRollGiardGravy
Construction
*Fries
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Al's BeefLittle Italy
1079 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60607
ShreddedCelery and Red Pepper107910104109.27
Best of the best. Shredded beef texture is very tender. Sour celery giardiniera. Star anise, clove and allspice notes in gravy.
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Al's BeefRiver North
169 West Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60654
ShreddedCelery and Red Pepper107910108449.27
Identical to Taylor St. Location.
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Al's Beef (CLOSED)Loop
28 East Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604
ShreddedCelery and Red Pepper9791010459.00
CLOSED. Very similar to Taylor St. location, but slightly less tender meat
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Bob O'sDunning
8258 Irving Park Rd Chicago, IL 60634
ThinStandard10107610778.88
Generous portion of tender beef. Fresh crusty roll. Greasy, bland gravy is a minor letdown.
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Johnnie's BeefElmwood Park, IL
7500 West North Avenue Elmwood Park, IL 60707
ThinStandard1078998108.73
Similar to Portillo's, but less consistent and without crusty roll. Smaller, cheaper sandwich.
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Bombacigno's J & CWest Loop
558 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607
ShreddedStandard7107710698.23
Peppery shredded beef drenched in gracy. Broth had rich tomato notes. Excellent bread.
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Mr. BeefRiver North
666 North Orleans Street Chicago, IL 60654
MediumCelery1076695107.93
Deep roasted beef flavor, light on seasonings. Bland celery giardinera.
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Portillo'sRiver North
100 West Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60654
ThinStandard978874687.86
Fallen from grace, used to be #1. Their delicious hold-together crusty bun is a thing of the past.
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Scatchell's Beef StandCicero, IL
4700 West Cermak Road Cicero, IL 60804
MediumCelery and Red Pepper779985107.86
Awesome looking lit-up sign. Don't eat the pizza here.
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Luke's Beef and PizzaLoop
215 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60606
ThinStandard Fresh87987667.75
Fresh celery in giardiniera is very crunchy. Sometimes they skimp on the beef.
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Roma'sIrving Park
4237 North Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL 60641
ShreddedCelery and Red Pepper867710397.74
Slight anchovy or fishy aftertaste to the tender meat. Reminds me of Al's, with different spices
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Bari Italian SubsWest Loop
1120 West Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60642
ThickStandard7104610747.59
Tender, but slightly underspiced beef on an excellent crusty fresh roll. Mushy giardinera unfortunately
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Frannie's Beef and Catering
Schiller Park, IL
4304 North River Road Schiller Park, IL 60176
ShreddedCelery and Jalapeno98541071107.59
More than the sum of its parts. Greasy, crappy gravy worked well with the overall sandwich
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Al's Beef (CLOSED)Wicker Park
1300 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60622
ShreddedCelery and Red Pepper959105467.52
Very similar to Taylor St. location, but sandwich is sloppily constructed and falls apart.
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Joe Boston's Italian Beef (CLOSED)
Humboldt Park
2932 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60622
MediumStandard86779587.52
Rich-tasting beef. Skimpy portions. This place looks like an abandoned shack.
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Patio BeefLittle Italy
1503 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60607
MediumStandard87787777.43
Good beef, but hard to go here when Al's is so close by.
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D'Amato's BakeryWest Loop
1124 West Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60642
MediumStandard51075106107.37
A sandwich of contrasts: excellent fresh baked roll with skimpy portion of prefab beef product.
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Portillo'sStreamwood, IL
950 South Barrington Road Streamwood, IL 60107
ThinStandard785610337.37
Good, but underflavored compared to Ontario location. Underspiced gravy and mild giard
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Johnny O'sBridgeport
946 W 35th St Chicago, IL 60609
ThickStandard7685105107.31
Awesome looking stand. Very juicy beef. Heavy dried oregano in gravy.
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Wolfy'sRoger's Park
2734 W Peterson Ave Chicago, IL 60659
ThinStandard7667105107.31
No surprises, just a very satisfying, classic beef sandwich. Kind of unexpected at a Polish joint.
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Steak Express (CLOSED)Loop
201 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60601
MediumStandard78669437.31
CLOSED. Inside a grimy food court. Surprisingly well executed sandwich.
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Marco's Beef and PizzaBelmont Cragin
6008 W Fullerton Ave Chicago, IL 60639
Thin
Celery, Jalapeno, Carrot, Red Pepper
87777757.27
Very tender, savory beef. At $5, the price is right. Giard gets points for being unique homemade blend, but was too salty to be truly great.
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Charcoal DelightsDes Plaines, IL
1090 E Oakton St Des Plaines, IL 60018
MediumStandard7756.5105677.26
Standard foodservice ingredients prepared very well. Very juicy beef and excellent sandwich construction. Gravy had vegetable soup notes.
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Pop's BeefMt Greenwood
10337 S Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL 60655
ThinCelery and Jalapeno741097177.23
Big portion. Bright green giard makes a pretty sandwich. Squishy roll like Jimmy John's bread.
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Quick Bite Italian Beef and Sausage
Ravenswood
5155 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60625
ThinStandard, Heavy Olive87876887.21
Very good self-serve giard. Very spicy beef and gravy, with lingering burn.
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Jay's BeefWicker Park
2255 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60686
MediumCelery and Jalapeno76878647.19
Balanced beef flavor, but underseasoned.
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Buona BeefOak Park, IL
7025 W North Ave Oak Park, IL 60302
ShreddedStandard86886637.18
Excellent beef let down by poor construction. Crunchy, flavorful giardinera. Sterile location.
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Max's Take-OutLoop
20 East Adams Street Chicago, IL 60603
ThinStandard777410677.18
Great old school place in the middle of shiny downtown.
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U. B. DogsLoop
185 North Franklin Street Chicago, IL 60606
ThinStandard677888647.11
Beef used to be great, now has a generic pre-cooked texture. A real shame.
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Chicago Beef Burger and Dogs
Loop
17 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60603
ThickStandard747710537.09
Chewy meat, but flavorful. Half-stale roll. Surprisingly good for a dingy food court.
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Al's BeefWest Loop
601 W Adams St Chicago IL 60661
ShreddedCelery and Red Pepper877768367.05
Same taste as all other Al's stores, but sub par sandwich. Small portion
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Flub a Dub ChubsLakeview
3021 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60657
MediumStandard Fresh76967376.97
Lightly pickled giardinera is crispy, tasty and not very spicy.
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Jay'sHarwood Neights, IL
4418 North Narragansett Avenue, Harwood Heights, IL 60706
ThinCelery and Jalapeno77786666.94
Simple seasonings, good roast beef flavor. High price but big sandwich.
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Suzie's Drive-InIrving Park
4126 West Montrose Avenue Chicago, IL 60641
MediumStandard, with Beans and Corn769765106.91
Best looking stand in Chicago. Giardinera has beans and corn; unorthodox, but tasty.
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Riviera Foods ChicagoBelmont Heights
3220 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
Standard88765676.86
Light on herbs, strong roast beef flavor. Good quality bread but cut all the way through - made for poor construction.
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The Hat Grill
1604 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
1604 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
MediumStandard67669686.85
Standard prepackaged ingredients, but a surprisingly good sandwich on fresh bread. Probably the best of the "generic" beefs with premade ingredients.
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Outdoor GrillAvondale
3265 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60618
MediumStandard76777666.81
This stand is run by a really friendly old school guy. Unremarkable sandwich.
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Downtown DogsRiver North
804 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
MediumStandard666510556.72
Thoroughly unremarkable sandwich made with prefab ingredients. Constructionn score skews the average higher than it should be.
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Gold Coast Dogs - Union Station
Loop
225 South Canal Street Chicago, IL 60606
MediumStandard655710686.69
Comes with white cheese without asking.
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Pinkie's - Thompson CenterLoop
100 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601
ThickStandard56788726.65
Tough, stringy beef with little flavor. Hit or miss quality here.
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Fontano SubsUniversity Village
1058 W Polk St Chicago, IL 60607
MediumStandard67578576.63
Old school deli in Little Italy. Beef is a well-prepared prepackaged product i.e. not overcooked.
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Ricobene'sBridgeport
252 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616
MediumStandard776765106.62
Huge sandwich and decent quality from a very cool old-school neighborhood spot under the highway. Very classic Chicago.
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America's DogLoop
21 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601
ThinStandard667688636.60
Beef overcooked in scalding gravy. Black pepper flavor. Other ingredients fine.
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Conte di SavoiaLittle Italy
1438 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
MediumStandard76658786.55
Tender, underseasoned beef. Oregano-heavy gravy was light on the grease.
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Chicago Carry OutsEast Village
1760 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60622
MediumStandard66777686.54
Slightly stale roll.
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Big Boy GyrosRoscoe Village
3541 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60618
MediumStandard76531066.51
Suprisingly flavorful beef from a generic looking stand. Griddled roll held up well. Very salty gravy.
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Plush PupO'Hare
5344 N Cumberland Ave, Chicago, IL 60656
MediumStandard6.554610576.51
Very salty giardinera. Simple gravy. Lamby aftertaste to beef. Quite expensive.
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The Dog JointLincoln Park
350 West Armitage Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
MediumStandard75776566.40
Thoroughly unremarkable sandwich.
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Pop's Beef (CLOSED)Old Town
157 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
ThinCelery and Jalapeno74668516.33
Expensive sandwich. Served on overly soggy bread. No heat whatsoever.
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Mr. G'sLogan Square
2715 N Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60647
ShreddedStandard867557566.32
Great beef and good giard, but poor construction.
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Mama's BoyRiver North
445 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
ThinFresh Jalapeno684210726.30
Toasted bread. Raw jalapeno topping. Served as a french dip with overly salty gravy.
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Similar to Portillo's, without crusty roll. Smaller, cheaper sandwich, but excellent value. Excellent beef and grilled sausage
1211 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
1056 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
MediumStandard5655106106.29
Middle of the road sandwich but the stand is a can't-miss. Excellent ambiance in a beautiful old school location. Good hot dog.
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Sammy's Red HotsOld Town
238 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60610
MediumStandard7676575106.21
OK sandwich, crumbly roll fell apart. Chaotic ordering system. Good fries.
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Americana SubmarineLoop
400 South Clark Street Chicago, IL 60605
MediumStandard657675106.19
Comes with white American cheese without asking. This place is right by a prison.
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Hot Dog ExpressPortage Park
4300 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL ‎60641
ThickStandard56668276.17
Mediocre. Hot dog is a bad skinless weiner, not good for a place called 'Hot Dog Express'
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Chicago Joe'sNorth Center
2256 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618
ThickStandard566310686.13
Thick slabs of deli meat but little flavor. Very large portion.
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FranksvilleDunning
3550 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
MediumStandard74577666.11
Large sandwich. Gravy tasted like homemade chicken broth, lightly seasoned
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Mr SubLoop
47 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60606
ThinStandard65667576.03
Better beef sandwich than I expected from a cold sub joint. Thin cut imprvoes generic beef. Hint of turkey broth flavor. Heavy oregano gravy.
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Fat Dan's Chicago-Style Deli
Broadripple, IN
815 Broad Ripple Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46220
MediumStandard647676656.00
Probably the best place in Indy. Scratches the itch.
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Burger BaronWest Town
1381 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
ThickStandard455610675.99
High price ($7) makes this mediocre sandwich a terrible value. It didn’t fall apart, I guess that's good.
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Little Mel'sLogan Square
2205 North California Ave Chicago, IL 60647
ThickStandard5666724105.95
Dank, smoky shit hole under the Blue Line. Tough beef. Good sweet peppers included without asking.
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Art's Drive-InNoble Square
1333 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60642
MediumStandard65775575.91
Cool looking diner, but sandwich was mediocre in all respects. Forgettable gas grilled Italian sausage.
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Mister J's Dawg 'n BurgerNear North
822 North State Street Chicago, IL 60610
MediumStandard65666685.81
This is where I discovered pigeons won't eat giardinera.
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House of WingsLincoln Park
2447 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
MediumStandard56657675.79
This place is called House of Wings for a reason. Excellent buffalo wings, forgettable sandwich.
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Best Sub #2Logan Square
3426 W Diversey Ave Chicago, IL 60647
MediumStandard566665565.73
Very jank location. Few seats, uneven floor. Saw a "Gym Shoe" sandwich on the menu.
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Flo and SantosSouth Loop
1310 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
MediumStandard553694545.72
Another mediocre beef at a sit down joint. Costs way too much.
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Gold Coast DogsO'Hare
10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666
MediumStandard65557505.71
Generic foodservice sandwich, not noteworthy in any way.
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Chubby WeinerLincoln Square
4652 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
MediumStandard65467575.71
Thoroughly unmemorable sandwich aside from the amusing restaurant name.
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Fat Dan's DeliIndianapolis, IN
420 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
MediumStandard535591045.50
Mediocre sandwich, slightly stale roll. Incredibly hot peppers. Excellent fried food.
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Fontano's SubsLoop
332 S Michigan Chicago, IL 60604
ThickCelery and Jalapeno48565685.46
Rubbery beef texture, like bologna. Cinnamon aftertaste. Good crusty roll.
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Home Depot Hot Dog Stand
Avondale
3500 North Kimball Avenue Chicago, IL 60618
MediumStandard55656605.38
Beef had rubbery texture, clear indicator of prepackaged product. Doughy, slippery roll.
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America's Dog - Navy PierStreeterville
700 E Grand Ave # 121 Chicago, IL 60611
MediumStandard66753505.34
Beef overcooked in scalding gravy, which also disintegrated the bread.
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Duke'sJefferson Park
5659 North Central Avenue Chicago, IL 60646
ThinStandard Fresh96470185.33
Lots of awesome beef, but sandwich fell apart and giard was bland. Mixed feelings on this one.
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Niko's GyrosBucktown
2775 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60647
MediumStandard66644565.24
Weird 'skin' on bread, like glazed baked goods. Prefab beef. Gravy tasted like bullion.
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Mr Greek GyrosGreek Town
234 S Halsted St Chicago, IL 60661
ThickStandard63665575.21
Huge, dense sandwich packed with beef. Half-stale roll. Expensive.
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Fabulous Freddie'sBridgeport
701 West 31st Street #1 Chicago, IL 60616
ThinStandard65771775.03
Huge sandwich. Fell apart under its own weight like a sea monster rising from the depths.
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Carm'sUniversity Village
1057 W Polk St, Chicago, IL 60607
ThinCelery and Jalapeno77740554.98
This one fell apart immediately - hence the "0" construction score - but tasted great. Much better than the score might suggest
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Max's Famous Italian Beef (CLOSED)
West Rogers Park
5754 N Western Ave  Chicago, IL 60659
MediumStandard54745464.97
Bad tex mex flavor in the beef, like taco seasoning. Only virtue here is self serve giardinera.
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Rookie's Sports Bar and Grill
Hoffman Estates, IL
4607 W Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
MediumStandard665623714.96
Another bad beef from a sit-down restaurant. Toasted garlic bread bun fell apart on the first bite. Above-average prepackaged meat.
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Shelly's FreezeLincoln Square
5119 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
MediumStandard543575104.93
Forgettable sandwich at an excellent old-timey ice cream stand. Worth a visit just for ambiance.
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Beef ShackLakeview
1056 W Belmont Ave,Chicago, IL 60657
MediumStandard65634634.89
Greasiest sandwich of all time. Gravy had a 1/2 inch oil slick floating on top. Meat tasted like beef stew.
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Wrigley Field ConcessinosWrigleyville
804 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
MediumStandard73653554.88
Expensive sandiwch, not made with much care.
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Fast TrackNear West
629 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60661
MediumStandard6377235104.87
Mediocre sandwich, but large portion. Awesome atmosphere at this stand under the EL tracks.
85
Big City Grill and Lemonade
Indianapolis, IN
23 East 38th Street Indianapolis, IN 46205
MediumStandard543476484.77
Stringy beef. Giardiniera seems very old with limp, oily vegetables.
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Zacky's Hot DogsCarmel, IN
1315 South Rangeline Road Carmel, IN 46032
MediumStandard63644634.67
Swimming in 1/2 inch of salty gravy in bottom of tray. Pre-disintegrated bread.
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BeefeeGalewood
5846 W North Ave Chicago, IL 60639
ShreddedStandard664612564.58
Passable beef, limp giardinera. Hot dog "with everything" has lettuce, ketchup and mustard.
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North Ave Beach HouseLincoln Park
41.915658, -87.627064
MediumStandard443185104.24
Standard foodservice ingredients. Gravy tasted like unseasoned chicken broth.
89
Gold Coast DogsLoop
159 North Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60601
ThickStandard43762464.17
Tough, chewy beef. Mushy bread. This sandwich made me physically angry to eat it.
90
Mic Duck'sAvondale
3401 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60618
ThickStandard54732694.15
Used to be inedibly bad, now just very bad. Very salty sandwich.
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ExchequerLoop
226 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
ThinStandard716426434.12
Don't get a beef at a sit-down restaurant. At $11, this was a terrible value.
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Mr GyrosNear North
109 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60610
MediumStandard61760583.89
Doughy bread, like uncooked Pillsbury biscuit. Sandwich self destructed when picked up.
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Plazzio's PizzaLogan Square
1901 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
MediumJalapeno54342553.67
Standard foodservice ingredients. Very salty gravy
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Chipmonk'sLakeview
438 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
MediumStandard53350573.20
Terrible Wonder Bread roll disintegrated on the first bite.
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Sears Corporate CafeteriaHoffman Estates, IL
3333 Beverly Rd Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
ThickStandard317318602.82
Unpleasant buttery aftertaste to beef. Hard roll cut all the way through so fillings fell out.
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