Al's #1 Italian Beef

★★★★★
  • 169 W Ontario St

    Chicago, IL 60610

    Cross street: South Aberdeen Street

    Map & Directions
  • 312-943-3222

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Al's Beef has the best italian beef in the city! Probably not too healthy but everything tastes wonderful!!

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Al's Beef has the best italian beef in the city! Probably not too healthy but everything tastes wonderful!!

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Be it for lunch or for taking care of the craving after a night of partying Al' Beef is awesome! For being a very small little corner shop the food inside packs a big flavor! Being in the VIP Concierge business all my limo drivers know if

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Be it for lunch or for taking care of the craving after a night of partying Al' Beef is awesome! For being a very small little corner shop the food inside packs a big flavor! Being in the VIP Concierge business all my limo drivers know if

Pros: Oh My God Delicious Dip It Please!

Cons: My Belly is not big enough!

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i never thought i would enjoy a cheese-free sandwich this much until i came here. the Giardiniera imparts a unique, spicy flavor that we just don't have in texas (ours is more mexican and/or cajun influenced) and can only be experienced

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i never thought i would enjoy a cheese-free sandwich this much until i came here. the Giardiniera imparts a unique, spicy flavor that we just don't have in texas (ours is more mexican and/or cajun influenced) and can only be experienced

Pros: good as adam richman said

Cons: many napkins required

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I see a wide range of opinions here and i think this is why - did you eat at the original on Ontario or one of the "newer" franchised locations?\r
I would be very surprised to read that anyone who already likes italian beef sandwiches,

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I see a wide range of opinions here and i think this is why - did you eat at the original on Ontario or one of the "newer" franchised locations?\r
I would be very surprised to read that anyone who already likes italian beef sandwiches,

Pros: great beef if...

Cons: franchised locations

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Leave your office, drive through Al's which is right before the ramp to the Kennedy on Ontario and Wells. No parking hassle. Eat the fries on your way home. I dare you to resist their fries. I always get two orders of fries because I always eat one right away. Even though the beef is the best, I really love the hot dogs, pure Chicago style. If you don't know what this is, go to Al's. My husband always asks me to stop for a beef sandwich on my way home from work, they are simply the best!

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Leave your office, drive through Al's which is right before the ramp to the Kennedy on Ontario and Wells. No parking hassle. Eat the fries on your way home. I dare you to resist their fries. I always get two orders of fries because I always eat one right away. Even though the beef is the best, I really love the hot dogs, pure Chicago style. If you don't know what this is, go to Al's. My husband always asks me to stop for a beef sandwich on my way home from work, they are simply the best!

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Dripping with goodness this beef sandwich is delicious. The fries are a bit on the greasy side but they satisfy. You must get sweet peppers to top the sandwich!

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Dripping with goodness this beef sandwich is delicious. The fries are a bit on the greasy side but they satisfy. You must get sweet peppers to top the sandwich!

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Al's beef on 87th & Stoney Island was definitely a disappointing beef experience for me. First off, I went there specifically b/c they recently opened and the outside looked nice. When I got there they had no bread on the premises and I

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Al's beef on 87th & Stoney Island was definitely a disappointing beef experience for me. First off, I went there specifically b/c they recently opened and the outside looked nice. When I got there they had no bread on the premises and I

Pros: Fries and Pizza

Cons: Beefs are rubbery and plain bad

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while visiting chicago for a few weeks I've been checking local favorite flavors of various kinds. Mr beef was ok, Max's was so so, the line at Portillos was too long. Al's Italian Beef combo sandwich with hot peppers was the best. the

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while visiting chicago for a few weeks I've been checking local favorite flavors of various kinds. Mr beef was ok, Max's was so so, the line at Portillos was too long. Al's Italian Beef combo sandwich with hot peppers was the best. the

Pros: good food, cheap, has parking and drive up window

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The people who are saying this is the best Italian Beef ever must own the place. It's got to be the worst Beef sandwich I've ever had. \r
Although, the other items on the menu are pretty good.\r
If you want a real Italian Beef sandwish

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The people who are saying this is the best Italian Beef ever must own the place. It's got to be the worst Beef sandwich I've ever had. \r
Although, the other items on the menu are pretty good.\r
If you want a real Italian Beef sandwish

Pros: cheesy fries, hot dogs

Cons: Beef

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Al's has been serving me great Italian Beef and fries for over 15+ years. I love going there and getting a big beef, but their other menu items are great as well. I really like that they've added salads and some more options to the mix,

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Al's has been serving me great Italian Beef and fries for over 15+ years. I love going there and getting a big beef, but their other menu items are great as well. I really like that they've added salads and some more options to the mix,

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this is one of my favorite beef stands in chicago. also try the number 6 great fries. realy good soft drinks

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this is one of my favorite beef stands in chicago. also try the number 6 great fries. realy good soft drinks

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My first time visiting Chicago, wanted the famous pizza, got there the line was wrapped around the building, could not wait and behold BIG AL'S BEEF saves the day. This sandwich was so delicious, they just don't make beef like that in

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My first time visiting Chicago, wanted the famous pizza, got there the line was wrapped around the building, could not wait and behold BIG AL'S BEEF saves the day. This sandwich was so delicious, they just don't make beef like that in

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I was looking for something quick, satisfying and definitly Chicago. I found it at Al's #1 Italian Beef. In my opinion world's better than any Cheesesteak I've had in Philly. If you like spicy food then I highly recommend the hot peppers.

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I was looking for something quick, satisfying and definitly Chicago. I found it at Al's #1 Italian Beef. In my opinion world's better than any Cheesesteak I've had in Philly. If you like spicy food then I highly recommend the hot peppers.

Pros: Quick, convenient and excellent food for the money and time!

Cons: Messy, watch your ties!

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I have been on a mission to find out who has the best beef. I can say, unequivocably, it is not this Al's. First things first, it was a flimsy sandwich, lacking in what a beef sandwich should have on it: beef! Secondly, the bread didn't

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I have been on a mission to find out who has the best beef. I can say, unequivocably, it is not this Al's. First things first, it was a flimsy sandwich, lacking in what a beef sandwich should have on it: beef! Secondly, the bread didn't

Pros: Quick Service, Quality Fries

Cons: Pricey, Bad Bread, Not Enough Beef

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i've had the beef at this location and at the little italy location. the little italy location served up a good one, this location gave me a dry, flavorless beef. avoid this location and go to mr. beef for some consistent italian beef

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i've had the beef at this location and at the little italy location. the little italy location served up a good one, this location gave me a dry, flavorless beef. avoid this location and go to mr. beef for some consistent italian beef

Cons: inconsistent

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I'm from out of town, and I ordered the big beef combo with sweet and hot peppers, and it came to over $10 (which just seems like a lot to me for the amount of food you get) Don't get me wrong, it was a really good sandwich. You need to

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I'm from out of town, and I ordered the big beef combo with sweet and hot peppers, and it came to over $10 (which just seems like a lot to me for the amount of food you get) Don't get me wrong, it was a really good sandwich. You need to

Pros: Taste

Cons: Seating

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Don't let anyone lie to you this place has the best beef and fries anywhere in the city. The service was so friendly and the food was soooo good, I even took a bite of my friends burger and its was very very good. But dont get me wrong

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Don't let anyone lie to you this place has the best beef and fries anywhere in the city. The service was so friendly and the food was soooo good, I even took a bite of my friends burger and its was very very good. But dont get me wrong

Pros: Parking, Service, FOOD

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My wife went to Chicago and ate at Subway?
She doesn't know what she missed by not going to Al's.
Subway=America
Al's=Chicago

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My wife went to Chicago and ate at Subway?
She doesn't know what she missed by not going to Al's.
Subway=America
Al's=Chicago

Pros: Great Food, Great Prices, Great People Watching

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This italian beef and chicago hot-dog stand is the real deal. I had the regular beef, 'hot and dry' which means with hot peppers and not too much beef broth. You can also get mild peppers and/or 'wet' which typically means the whole beef

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This italian beef and chicago hot-dog stand is the real deal. I had the regular beef, 'hot and dry' which means with hot peppers and not too much beef broth. You can also get mild peppers and/or 'wet' which typically means the whole beef

Pros: Great beef, Location, Value

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I remember AL'S #1 when it was located in the west loop, right around my job in the 70's. I haven't found a place yet that fixes those GOOD, OLD-TIME FRENCH FRIES, the kind the mom-and-pop hamburger joints on the soughtside used to fix.

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I remember AL'S #1 when it was located in the west loop, right around my job in the 70's. I haven't found a place yet that fixes those GOOD, OLD-TIME FRENCH FRIES, the kind the mom-and-pop hamburger joints on the soughtside used to fix.

Pros: fries

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Looking for a great place to pick up a great sandwich? Al's is the place to go! With their great beef, burgers, and dogs at very reasonable prices you can't go wrong. Both the food and service are top notch. 10/10.

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Looking for a great place to pick up a great sandwich? Al's is the place to go! With their great beef, burgers, and dogs at very reasonable prices you can't go wrong. Both the food and service are top notch. 10/10.

Pros: excellent food, excellent service

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The prices tend to be a little high for the food, but the sandwiches aren't bad at all. Service behind the counter seems to have gotten much better and I will probably end up going here more often now for the Polish. The outdoor seating is

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The prices tend to be a little high for the food, but the sandwiches aren't bad at all. Service behind the counter seems to have gotten much better and I will probably end up going here more often now for the Polish. The outdoor seating is

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Hey, they beef will always be #1, but there has been some great changes in the service, very nice and much more pleasent. The fries are the same but much improved, they are crispy and not greasy anymore. Tables on the inside make it a

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Hey, they beef will always be #1, but there has been some great changes in the service, very nice and much more pleasent. The fries are the same but much improved, they are crispy and not greasy anymore. Tables on the inside make it a

Pros: parking, great food, great service

Cons: no cons

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I did not even like Italian Beef until I tried Al's. The gardinere(sp, sorry) is so much better than the canned stuff they put on everwhere else. I have several places in the 'HOOD but I always take the drive to get the best!

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I did not even like Italian Beef until I tried Al's. The gardinere(sp, sorry) is so much better than the canned stuff they put on everwhere else. I have several places in the 'HOOD but I always take the drive to get the best!

Pros: Beef, Gardinere Hot, The sandwich again

Cons: Parking

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Al's is more takeout stand than restaurant: a few tables, some stools with a narrow shelf wide enough to hold a beef and a pair of elbows, and a tiny outdoor cafe. It's known for its Italian beef sandwich: Expect finely…

 

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