Best Sandwich in America – The Italian Beef


Jon living out on the Atlantic gets to enjoy plenty of delicious seafood and other food I don’t get in the Midwest, but growing up in Chicago, I will always have two things he doesn’t – the best damn deep dish pizza in the world (shout out to Lou Malnati’s) and good Italian Beef.  I’ve had Italian Beef in other places, even just outside the Chicagoland area, and it’s all terrible.  It’s insulting.  Thankfully, I can just step out on the street in downtown Chicago and immediately have seven different delicious Italian Beef options.

Pro tips:

  • Get some type of cheese on your sandwich – typically mozarella or provolone.  Cheddar accepted when on a croissant.
  • Giardiniera.
  • Don’t be scared by hot or sweet peppers, both are good…or no peppers at all.
  • Get it dipped, not dry.  You need that juice.
  • Portillo’s is always a safe bet, but try and venture off to the mom and pops of Italian Beef.

by Bill Bush

Bill lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and kids while maintaining an unhealthy golf passion where he lives by the mantra "grip it, rip it, and worry about it later." Bill is also a writer and co-founder at the website where you can read equipment reviews, news, instruction, and other sweet golf content. He plays Scott Readman Concepts putters and accessories.

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