Michael's Italian Beef

★★★★☆
  • 1111 SE Sandy Blvd

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-230-1899

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I grew up in Chicago. I had some terrible sandwiches there over the years, but nothing so horrible as my Michal's experience. I ordered an Italian beef sandwich hoping for a juicy dripping flavorful sandwich like the good ones I remember,

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★★★★★

I grew up in Chicago. I had some terrible sandwiches there over the years, but nothing so horrible as my Michal's experience. I ordered an Italian beef sandwich hoping for a juicy dripping flavorful sandwich like the good ones I remember,

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I have been going to Michael's for over 10 years now. I can??t attest that I actually know authentic Chicago cuisine, as I am not from Chicago. But, I know a good sandwich when I eat one and Michael's is a damn good sandwich.

They make their own sausage. They make their own Italian beef. They make their own pepper garnish mixes. There is a lot of hard work and care in the products from Michael's, and it shows.

To get the full experience, order a ??Combo, Hot/Sauted?. No disappointments, but not for the weak stomach. This is a powerful sandwich.

Michael can be bellicose, but in recent years he has allowed more autonomy to his staff, so he generally stays low key nowadays. Don??t come in the door with an attitude and you won??t have problems with Michael.
Michael??s also has perhaps the best French fries in town. The fries are nothing special, but I swear they just taste better at Michael??s.

Please pay in cash if you can. Michael takes plastic but he really would like it if you gave him money in exchange for food. He really is bargain priced on his sandwiches, and the difference that the debit/credit card companies charge him actually eats into his profit significantly enough that it??s a big deal with him.

You have 10 bucks cash lying around somewhere, right? If so, you have a sandwich (they are large sandwiches, does for most folks) Fries and a drink, plus a buck to throw in the tip jar for the staff, and still have change in your pocket.

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★★★★★

I have been going to Michael's for over 10 years now. I can??t attest that I actually know authentic Chicago cuisine, as I am not from Chicago. But, I know a good sandwich when I eat one and Michael's is a damn good sandwich.

They make their own sausage. They make their own Italian beef. They make their own pepper garnish mixes. There is a lot of hard work and care in the products from Michael's, and it shows.

To get the full experience, order a ??Combo, Hot/Sauted?. No disappointments, but not for the weak stomach. This is a powerful sandwich.

Michael can be bellicose, but in recent years he has allowed more autonomy to his staff, so he generally stays low key nowadays. Don??t come in the door with an attitude and you won??t have problems with Michael.
Michael??s also has perhaps the best French fries in town. The fries are nothing special, but I swear they just taste better at Michael??s.

Please pay in cash if you can. Michael takes plastic but he really would like it if you gave him money in exchange for food. He really is bargain priced on his sandwiches, and the difference that the debit/credit card companies charge him actually eats into his profit significantly enough that it??s a big deal with him.

You have 10 bucks cash lying around somewhere, right? If so, you have a sandwich (they are large sandwiches, does for most folks) Fries and a drink, plus a buck to throw in the tip jar for the staff, and still have change in your pocket.

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Definitely a fast food type of Italian food, but the food is really great. The service is fast and the staff is friendly.

4
★★★★☆

Definitely a fast food type of Italian food, but the food is really great. The service is fast and the staff is friendly.

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This restaurant is close to my work, so I have picked up sandwiches for my family for dinner several times. They have great east coast style italian sandwiches. I would go with the classic italian beef or the meatball pizza style. You will spend about $8 for a sandwich. The bread holds up all the fillings without falling apart. Sometimes you have to wait for a bit for your food, not the fastest service. I think they still might have an extra charge for using a credit card.

4
★★★★☆

This restaurant is close to my work, so I have picked up sandwiches for my family for dinner several times. They have great east coast style italian sandwiches. I would go with the classic italian beef or the meatball pizza style. You will spend about $8 for a sandwich. The bread holds up all the fillings without falling apart. Sometimes you have to wait for a bit for your food, not the fastest service. I think they still might have an extra charge for using a credit card.

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Their Chicago style combo is one of the best sandwiches in town. Michael makes his own sausage and his thinly sliced roast beef is top notch.

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★★★★☆

Their Chicago style combo is one of the best sandwiches in town. Michael makes his own sausage and his thinly sliced roast beef is top notch.

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I have to say I am a little surprised at the negative remarks. I have been going to Michael's for over twenty years and have never had anything but a positive experiences. I have brought many friends and family here and they also LOVE the place. The best italian beef in the city. Even my three year old loves it! It is a slice of chicago. For those with bad experiences with the owner and staff I would say take it with a grain of salt. If you go in expecting a bad experience then most likely you will have one. Everyone has a different point of view. Maybe you should expand yours.

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★★★★★

I have to say I am a little surprised at the negative remarks. I have been going to Michael's for over twenty years and have never had anything but a positive experiences. I have brought many friends and family here and they also LOVE the place. The best italian beef in the city. Even my three year old loves it! It is a slice of chicago. For those with bad experiences with the owner and staff I would say take it with a grain of salt. If you go in expecting a bad experience then most likely you will have one. Everyone has a different point of view. Maybe you should expand yours.

Pros: best in town

Cons: none

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I grew up in Chicago, and I've had some great Italian beefs there; Michael's is mediocre. Mind you, when you live far from Chitown, Michael's is heaven-sent, but he wouldn't do well in Chicago. I will say that his fries are superb, however. His so-called Chicago hot dogs aren't fully authentic, but they're about as good as they get in Oregon. Now, Michael, on the other hand, is a raving lunatic, even by Chicago standards. He reminds me of an old lady I once saw in Chicago walking down the street yelling at no one in particular at the top of her lungs. In Chicago, people like that don't own restaurants; they're on welfare or live off of dumpster fare. He'll manage to survive as long as he doesn't leave Portland. Maybe he realizes that and the truth has driven the poor guy mad.

So if you should decide to try it, keep a weather eye on Michael and enjoy your fries. But don't stay too long.

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★★★☆☆

I grew up in Chicago, and I've had some great Italian beefs there; Michael's is mediocre. Mind you, when you live far from Chitown, Michael's is heaven-sent, but he wouldn't do well in Chicago. I will say that his fries are superb, however. His so-called Chicago hot dogs aren't fully authentic, but they're about as good as they get in Oregon. Now, Michael, on the other hand, is a raving lunatic, even by Chicago standards. He reminds me of an old lady I once saw in Chicago walking down the street yelling at no one in particular at the top of her lungs. In Chicago, people like that don't own restaurants; they're on welfare or live off of dumpster fare. He'll manage to survive as long as he doesn't leave Portland. Maybe he realizes that and the truth has driven the poor guy mad.

So if you should decide to try it, keep a weather eye on Michael and enjoy your fries. But don't stay too long.

Pros: Fries; parking

Cons: Michael

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First time today.Had a beef sandwich with peppers and grilled onions.Good roll but small.The meat was good but not spicy enough fo my taste.Perfect fries and a lot of them.Was hoping for a beer but was told that beer is served after 2 on week days and on Saturday? How weird is that? Will go back to try the sausage next time with a cold one.

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★★★☆☆

First time today.Had a beef sandwich with peppers and grilled onions.Good roll but small.The meat was good but not spicy enough fo my taste.Perfect fries and a lot of them.Was hoping for a beer but was told that beer is served after 2 on week days and on Saturday? How weird is that? Will go back to try the sausage next time with a cold one.

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I am not from Chicago. But if I were, and this is the native food, I'd be happy. The hot roast beef isn't for those who like rare, but it doesn't matter because the meat is tender and juicy and the au jus accompanying both the beef and sausage is amazing, as it sops the bread and drips down on your paper wrapping, in which you can use to dip your AMAZING French Fries. My son thought the fries were even better than those at In 'N Out., and that's saying a lot. I order a half beef with sauteed onions, and a half sausage with sauteed onions. Both are too good to combine and lose the nuances of each separately. I've been there at both lunch and dinner. The place was packed at lunch, and we were the only onces there on a Saturday night for dinner.

I rather enjoyed the comments about the owner on this site. If he was there on this night, he must have been on Vicodin, because everyone there was quite kind.

2
★★★★★

I am not from Chicago. But if I were, and this is the native food, I'd be happy. The hot roast beef isn't for those who like rare, but it doesn't matter because the meat is tender and juicy and the au jus accompanying both the beef and sausage is amazing, as it sops the bread and drips down on your paper wrapping, in which you can use to dip your AMAZING French Fries. My son thought the fries were even better than those at In 'N Out., and that's saying a lot. I order a half beef with sauteed onions, and a half sausage with sauteed onions. Both are too good to combine and lose the nuances of each separately. I've been there at both lunch and dinner. The place was packed at lunch, and we were the only onces there on a Saturday night for dinner.

I rather enjoyed the comments about the owner on this site. If he was there on this night, he must have been on Vicodin, because everyone there was quite kind.

Pros: Hot and juicy sandwiches. Perfect fries.

Cons: 5% surcharge for using a debit or credit card.

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This place is wonderful. Good food. Fair prices. Sports on the TV, but not the main event. And, yes, the food is just like you get in Chicago, only better than most places in Chicago. Yes, the owner's banter is far right wing, but that's a part of the entertainment and charm. Enjoy it for what it is. Life is too short to be so easily offended. And it's too short to miss out on the good food at Michael's.

2
★★★★★

This place is wonderful. Good food. Fair prices. Sports on the TV, but not the main event. And, yes, the food is just like you get in Chicago, only better than most places in Chicago. Yes, the owner's banter is far right wing, but that's a part of the entertainment and charm. Enjoy it for what it is. Life is too short to be so easily offended. And it's too short to miss out on the good food at Michael's.

Pros: Food. Prices. Entertainment.

Cons: Location.

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It was the first visit for both my friend & I who were delighted at the food smells when we entered but that was the only delight we experienced. The miserable, mentally disturbed troll who is supposedly the owner and sits at the front counter said something related to a close encounter about what my friend and I could do to one another. This happened only after we paid. I was stunned and ignored him not believing what I had heard until later when I asked my friend what he heard. Clearly this fellow shouldn't be meeting the public. The food was a disappointment with the bread in particular a glob of sticky goo after the first bite. Stay away - a negative presence dwells there that will anger and offend you and steal your good mood away. There are countless fine places with great people in this part of town where you can enjoy something fine to eat so why even consider this offensive place.

0
★☆☆☆☆

It was the first visit for both my friend & I who were delighted at the food smells when we entered but that was the only delight we experienced. The miserable, mentally disturbed troll who is supposedly the owner and sits at the front counter said something related to a close encounter about what my friend and I could do to one another. This happened only after we paid. I was stunned and ignored him not believing what I had heard until later when I asked my friend what he heard. Clearly this fellow shouldn't be meeting the public. The food was a disappointment with the bread in particular a glob of sticky goo after the first bite. Stay away - a negative presence dwells there that will anger and offend you and steal your good mood away. There are countless fine places with great people in this part of town where you can enjoy something fine to eat so why even consider this offensive place.

Pros: only redeeming item was the sliced tomato in my friend's salad

Cons: offensive, disturbing owner/manager at front counter

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We were driving up Sandy Blvd just short of the Burnside intersection and noticed Michael's. Probably made an illegal turn into their parking lot, and attracted by the great smell of deliciously cooking food, we headed to the front door. They had a help wanted sign in the window which isn't always a good harbinger. Fortunately we had a pleasant greeting, and after asking what we should try, the Chicago style Combo sandwich with both peppers and onions was recommended.
I can only say that it was one of the best sandwiches that we have had in Portland. The "notorious" owner was seated nearby, doing his paperwork quietly, and when an employee arrived, he greeted her with courtesy and respect- must have had an off day. Anyway, with the classical music, the informal atmosphere, and the very tasty food- we will be back.

For the "victims" of the owner I can only say for some reason it didn't happen to us. You probably weren't "the targets" anyway. He looked to be a normal human being. LOL

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★★★★★

We were driving up Sandy Blvd just short of the Burnside intersection and noticed Michael's. Probably made an illegal turn into their parking lot, and attracted by the great smell of deliciously cooking food, we headed to the front door. They had a help wanted sign in the window which isn't always a good harbinger. Fortunately we had a pleasant greeting, and after asking what we should try, the Chicago style Combo sandwich with both peppers and onions was recommended.
I can only say that it was one of the best sandwiches that we have had in Portland. The "notorious" owner was seated nearby, doing his paperwork quietly, and when an employee arrived, he greeted her with courtesy and respect- must have had an off day. Anyway, with the classical music, the informal atmosphere, and the very tasty food- we will be back.

For the "victims" of the owner I can only say for some reason it didn't happen to us. You probably weren't "the targets" anyway. He looked to be a normal human being. LOL

Pros: Food, classical music, helpful employees

Cons: none

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This skeezy joint is last on the list if you want plain old goodnes.The sick feeling after eating had me yearning for a tastey Big Mac, and I have not ate at Mcdonald for 10 years. i walk in and this Old man charges me a dollar on my card for getting a sandwich. Odd service and odd looks coming from all directions. The steak was narley and the jarred green peppers had changed colors like a leaf in spring. Bread was good if i ate it by itself

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★☆☆☆☆

This skeezy joint is last on the list if you want plain old goodnes.The sick feeling after eating had me yearning for a tastey Big Mac, and I have not ate at Mcdonald for 10 years. i walk in and this Old man charges me a dollar on my card for getting a sandwich. Odd service and odd looks coming from all directions. The steak was narley and the jarred green peppers had changed colors like a leaf in spring. Bread was good if i ate it by itself

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Michael's is such a great place to eat, I have been going there for the past 10 years(I work near) and they serve up the best sandwiches and chili dogs in Portland. Sure the owner has a bit of a short fuse but that is half the atmosphere, I am Italian and it is etcheded in our genes, my grandpa would grab your food out of your hand, throw it away and ask you if you learned how not to be a sissy. Get over it and have one of their chicago pizza style sandwiches with hot peppers and onions, it will bring a smile to your face and dry those tears out of your eyes.

2
★★★★★

Michael's is such a great place to eat, I have been going there for the past 10 years(I work near) and they serve up the best sandwiches and chili dogs in Portland. Sure the owner has a bit of a short fuse but that is half the atmosphere, I am Italian and it is etcheded in our genes, my grandpa would grab your food out of your hand, throw it away and ask you if you learned how not to be a sissy. Get over it and have one of their chicago pizza style sandwiches with hot peppers and onions, it will bring a smile to your face and dry those tears out of your eyes.

Pros: The food is something you won't have elsewhere

Cons: Well if you are weak apparently the owner

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Like some of the others have already pointed out, this is NOT the place to go if you want to dine in a friendly customer oriented environment.
The owner greets his customers with such a hostile attitude that it's almost as if he does not want anyone to disturb him by coming into his establishment.

I go to local eateries to enjoy myself NOT to sit and listen to the owner curse and rave about how the city, his suppliers and the government are all out to get him as he browbeats his poor employees in front of customers.
Even in the very back of the place you cannot escape his ranting and raving as he SHOUTS and curses at the top of his lungs. NONSTOP.

The hostile owner of that soup joint on "Seinfeld" was funny as a character on TV.

Being subjected to a cursing angry business owner is NOT so cute in real life.

STAY AWAY.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Like some of the others have already pointed out, this is NOT the place to go if you want to dine in a friendly customer oriented environment.
The owner greets his customers with such a hostile attitude that it's almost as if he does not want anyone to disturb him by coming into his establishment.

I go to local eateries to enjoy myself NOT to sit and listen to the owner curse and rave about how the city, his suppliers and the government are all out to get him as he browbeats his poor employees in front of customers.
Even in the very back of the place you cannot escape his ranting and raving as he SHOUTS and curses at the top of his lungs. NONSTOP.

The hostile owner of that soup joint on "Seinfeld" was funny as a character on TV.

Being subjected to a cursing angry business owner is NOT so cute in real life.

STAY AWAY.

Pros: Absolutley none.

Cons: Hostile unfriendly environment.

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After going to Michael's for years I finally decided that the rude and out of control owner didn't deserve another dime of my money. You've never seen a business owner so ungrateful to his customers.
If they make a mistake on your order or serve you a cold sandwich due to someone forgetting to turn the heat on underneath the sauce you'd BETTER keep it to yourself; Michael will scream and curse you and do his best to insult you if you ever ask them to correct a mistake or warm up a sandwich NO MATTER how nicely you ask.

Add to all of this the fact that Michael's has been investigated due to leaving meat unrefrigerated and out in the open and not providing SOAP or paper towels in the bathroom (the SAME bathroom his employees use before they prepare your food!) and you can see why this once faithful customer finally said "Enough"!

So if you want to eat in a place where you will be treated rudely and risk your health go to Michael's.

If you think you deserve a little respect as a customer and want to dine in a healthy and sanitary environment?

STEER CLEAR!

1
★★★☆☆

After going to Michael's for years I finally decided that the rude and out of control owner didn't deserve another dime of my money. You've never seen a business owner so ungrateful to his customers.
If they make a mistake on your order or serve you a cold sandwich due to someone forgetting to turn the heat on underneath the sauce you'd BETTER keep it to yourself; Michael will scream and curse you and do his best to insult you if you ever ask them to correct a mistake or warm up a sandwich NO MATTER how nicely you ask.

Add to all of this the fact that Michael's has been investigated due to leaving meat unrefrigerated and out in the open and not providing SOAP or paper towels in the bathroom (the SAME bathroom his employees use before they prepare your food!) and you can see why this once faithful customer finally said "Enough"!

So if you want to eat in a place where you will be treated rudely and risk your health go to Michael's.

If you think you deserve a little respect as a customer and want to dine in a healthy and sanitary environment?

STEER CLEAR!

Pros: Flavorful

Cons: Service, treatment sanitary standards

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I go about once a month for lunch and enjoy the food. If it wasn't so convienient from work, I would probably never eat there again because almost without fail the owner is either berating his employees or screaming to all who will listen about some injustice he feels has been done to him. This man makes a good sandwhich but could use some serious help in customer and employee relations.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I go about once a month for lunch and enjoy the food. If it wasn't so convienient from work, I would probably never eat there again because almost without fail the owner is either berating his employees or screaming to all who will listen about some injustice he feels has been done to him. This man makes a good sandwhich but could use some serious help in customer and employee relations.

Pros: GOOD FOOD

Cons: THE OWNER

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Being new to the Portland area I asked friends and acquaintances for good restaurants. I was told to come here for their delicious sandwiches -which I never did get to try- and all around great food. I was not told about the incredibly rude people who work in this hole.
Ordering my food over the phone, the worker there seemed very kind, I was ordering $75 worth of food for my coworkers and I was treated with patience and courtesy. After a long search for parking in the 1100 block of Burnside, I could not find the place. I called and who would answer but El Diablo himself.
I said "I'm on Burnside and I can't find you"
"Blah, blah, blah... I eat babies... WELL, WHERE ARE YOU" he screamed at me.
"11th and Burnside"
"WHICH 11TH AND BURNSIDE EAST OR WEST" he snorted through hairy schnozzola.
"I don't know where the east or west is. I'm over by Powe....."
"THE SUN RISES IN THE EAST AND SETS IN THE WEST... snort, LADY"
click...
He did not want to talk any longer.
When I did figure out where they were, on entering he yelled out to the girl at the counter "THAT"S HER ORDER, I like to club seals". Then to me he said "YOUR LATE, there are snails I have to put salt on"
He cursed at me under his breath, then cursed about me to the lady ringing me up. If it hadn't of been for my coworkers who were starving because of the poor directions received from this devils minions, I would have stuck him with the bill.
Michael's Italian Beef and Sausage Company
"Fast, Hot, Sandwiches"
Their "FAST" because they don't care about you or your money.
Their "HOT" because their from infernal regions hell.
and as far as their sandwiches taste? You'll have to ask the garbage can -the only hole worth putting it in other than my toilet.

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★★★☆☆

Being new to the Portland area I asked friends and acquaintances for good restaurants. I was told to come here for their delicious sandwiches -which I never did get to try- and all around great food. I was not told about the incredibly rude people who work in this hole.
Ordering my food over the phone, the worker there seemed very kind, I was ordering $75 worth of food for my coworkers and I was treated with patience and courtesy. After a long search for parking in the 1100 block of Burnside, I could not find the place. I called and who would answer but El Diablo himself.
I said "I'm on Burnside and I can't find you"
"Blah, blah, blah... I eat babies... WELL, WHERE ARE YOU" he screamed at me.
"11th and Burnside"
"WHICH 11TH AND BURNSIDE EAST OR WEST" he snorted through hairy schnozzola.
"I don't know where the east or west is. I'm over by Powe....."
"THE SUN RISES IN THE EAST AND SETS IN THE WEST... snort, LADY"
click...
He did not want to talk any longer.
When I did figure out where they were, on entering he yelled out to the girl at the counter "THAT"S HER ORDER, I like to club seals". Then to me he said "YOUR LATE, there are snails I have to put salt on"
He cursed at me under his breath, then cursed about me to the lady ringing me up. If it hadn't of been for my coworkers who were starving because of the poor directions received from this devils minions, I would have stuck him with the bill.
Michael's Italian Beef and Sausage Company
"Fast, Hot, Sandwiches"
Their "FAST" because they don't care about you or your money.
Their "HOT" because their from infernal regions hell.
and as far as their sandwiches taste? You'll have to ask the garbage can -the only hole worth putting it in other than my toilet.

Pros: maybe good food?

Cons: abusive, bad-mannered, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous

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This place can get a bit dangerous for your heart and your wallet if you stay here for too long. When you eat your sandwich, you can smell all the ingredients calling out to you from across the way, telling you to tempt fate and get another. All their sandwiches are great, and their chili cheese fries aren't bad either. Your best bet would probably be the beef and sausage pizza style with pepperoncini. You could very easily put down $20 on this place, and it is most definitely for a glutton such as myself to eat 3 full size sandwiches, so for you normal folks a sandwich and a half should do it. Michael's has a nice family atmosphere to it, and most would definitely be comfortable watching a game here and having a couple of sandwiches, a couple beers. Good times.

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★★★★★

This place can get a bit dangerous for your heart and your wallet if you stay here for too long. When you eat your sandwich, you can smell all the ingredients calling out to you from across the way, telling you to tempt fate and get another. All their sandwiches are great, and their chili cheese fries aren't bad either. Your best bet would probably be the beef and sausage pizza style with pepperoncini. You could very easily put down $20 on this place, and it is most definitely for a glutton such as myself to eat 3 full size sandwiches, so for you normal folks a sandwich and a half should do it. Michael's has a nice family atmosphere to it, and most would definitely be comfortable watching a game here and having a couple of sandwiches, a couple beers. Good times.

Pros: sandwiches

Cons: parking

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Portlanders can be so prissy about what they term "rude" service... Some folks oughta do a stint in Philly or NY or Chicago and they will find out that some busy places don't have time to fawn over their customers. This place is and has been for so many years a standout and oasis for those of us who miss Chicago style food. Take the service with a grain of salt and tongue in cheek and enjoy the food. The Roast Beef with grilled onions and hot peppers is impossible to resist. Good chili, too.

2
★★★★☆

Portlanders can be so prissy about what they term "rude" service... Some folks oughta do a stint in Philly or NY or Chicago and they will find out that some busy places don't have time to fawn over their customers. This place is and has been for so many years a standout and oasis for those of us who miss Chicago style food. Take the service with a grain of salt and tongue in cheek and enjoy the food. The Roast Beef with grilled onions and hot peppers is impossible to resist. Good chili, too.

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The Italian sausage sandwich was very good. I'd opt for the hot peppers, because the mild/medium don't have much taste. The chicken sandwich is a definite pass item, maybe that's why it's so inexpensive. The meatball sandwich pizza style is a poor excuse, not worth $3.60. Fries were tasty. Overall, the place is so-so, try Geraldis on 4th for better taste and value.

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★★★☆☆

The Italian sausage sandwich was very good. I'd opt for the hot peppers, because the mild/medium don't have much taste. The chicken sandwich is a definite pass item, maybe that's why it's so inexpensive. The meatball sandwich pizza style is a poor excuse, not worth $3.60. Fries were tasty. Overall, the place is so-so, try Geraldis on 4th for better taste and value.

Cons: chicken sandwich, meatball sandwich

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rudest service ever... The Italian Sausage sandwich is very good, but a bit expensive. Their pizza was a better deal but is no more.

We tend to go there less and less over the years due to the absolutely obnoxious help and owner.

1
★★★☆☆

rudest service ever... The Italian Sausage sandwich is very good, but a bit expensive. Their pizza was a better deal but is no more.

We tend to go there less and less over the years due to the absolutely obnoxious help and owner.

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OH yum, homemade sausage and tangy sauce and the hot pepper mix is amazing! I'm eating my way through the sammies, my weekly guilty pleasure. I haven't yet had one that wasn't delightfully messy, juicy, and flavorful. I think it's obvious the owner/manager takes great pride in creating authentic and reasonably priced sammies with quality ingredients. I'm impressed, and addicted. Vegetarians who consider eating here--errrr. I don't think it's for you.

2
★★★★★

OH yum, homemade sausage and tangy sauce and the hot pepper mix is amazing! I'm eating my way through the sammies, my weekly guilty pleasure. I haven't yet had one that wasn't delightfully messy, juicy, and flavorful. I think it's obvious the owner/manager takes great pride in creating authentic and reasonably priced sammies with quality ingredients. I'm impressed, and addicted. Vegetarians who consider eating here--errrr. I don't think it's for you.

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This is a good place to eat if you like meat in bread. You have to eat fast because the meat juices are busily at work to disentegrate the bread from the moment your sandwich is prepared. Don't dilly dally. Eat your meat in bread. The fries are hot and crispy and glistening with just the right amount of oil. The staff is friendly.

2
★★★★☆

This is a good place to eat if you like meat in bread. You have to eat fast because the meat juices are busily at work to disentegrate the bread from the moment your sandwich is prepared. Don't dilly dally. Eat your meat in bread. The fries are hot and crispy and glistening with just the right amount of oil. The staff is friendly.

Pros: meat in bread, crispy, hot fries, ample seating

Cons: meat in bread, scary intersection

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I grew up on this stuff. Every time I go back to Chicago I go to my old favorite Italian beef places. And I realizen they've changed. But Michael's hasn't. His is now better than my old favorites. He has stayed true to simple ingredients and careful preparation. His lean beef in Italian seasoned au jous is great. His home-made Italian sausage the best I've ever had. And, as other reviewers have said, his fries make McDonalds of McMenamins look poor by comparison. Great food, low prices, a touch of home for an old Chicagoan.

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★★★★★

I grew up on this stuff. Every time I go back to Chicago I go to my old favorite Italian beef places. And I realizen they've changed. But Michael's hasn't. His is now better than my old favorites. He has stayed true to simple ingredients and careful preparation. His lean beef in Italian seasoned au jous is great. His home-made Italian sausage the best I've ever had. And, as other reviewers have said, his fries make McDonalds of McMenamins look poor by comparison. Great food, low prices, a touch of home for an old Chicagoan.

Pros: Unique in PDX, real comfort food

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God bless you Michael for bringing good Chicago food to PDX.

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God bless you Michael for bringing good Chicago food to PDX.

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Per some other strong recommendations from this site, I decided to give Michael's Italian Beef & Sausage Co. a try. In this pristine Starbuck's/McDonald's world in which we live, it's refreshing to find an "old world" independent who serves good honest grub. It ain't the fanciest joint, but the Italian Beef Sandwiches and Chicago Style Hot Dogs are easily some of the best food I have ever put in my mouth! If you get the hot dog, go for "the Works", loaded with mustard, relish, pickle, onions, tomato and peppers. Once you taste the hot kosher frank in the chewy warm bun, you'll feel like you've drifted off to the Windy City. I also found the service quite friendly...a rare commodity for fast food restaurants these days. Good Jazz playing on the stereo, too!

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★★★★★

Per some other strong recommendations from this site, I decided to give Michael's Italian Beef & Sausage Co. a try. In this pristine Starbuck's/McDonald's world in which we live, it's refreshing to find an "old world" independent who serves good honest grub. It ain't the fanciest joint, but the Italian Beef Sandwiches and Chicago Style Hot Dogs are easily some of the best food I have ever put in my mouth! If you get the hot dog, go for "the Works", loaded with mustard, relish, pickle, onions, tomato and peppers. Once you taste the hot kosher frank in the chewy warm bun, you'll feel like you've drifted off to the Windy City. I also found the service quite friendly...a rare commodity for fast food restaurants these days. Good Jazz playing on the stereo, too!

Pros: great food, good music, good value

Cons: "dive" atmosphere, tough access, no beer before 3pm?

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It's the best fast food on the planet. I have been addicted to the food for more than twenty five years. The lean beef is much better than any burger and the sausage is the best I have ever eaten. I reccomend the hot pepper marinade for the zing and the anti-oxidants. Also the best fries in the city.

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It's the best fast food on the planet. I have been addicted to the food for more than twenty five years. The lean beef is much better than any burger and the sausage is the best I have ever eaten. I reccomend the hot pepper marinade for the zing and the anti-oxidants. Also the best fries in the city.

Pros: Great food, Great value

Cons: There are not more of

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Michaels, while service excellent sandwiches, accompanies his fare with the BEST FRIES IN PORTLAND! No joke! They are the perfect size, not too thick, not too thin. Served piping hot, golden brown in an aluminum foil cone. Divine! (Dip them in Michael's au jus for a great "fries with gravy type" experience!)

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Michaels, while service excellent sandwiches, accompanies his fare with the BEST FRIES IN PORTLAND! No joke! They are the perfect size, not too thick, not too thin. Served piping hot, golden brown in an aluminum foil cone. Divine! (Dip them in Michael's au jus for a great "fries with gravy type" experience!)

Pros: Great sausage, Chicago style Yum!, Perfect Fries

Cons: Not on the West Side

 

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