Al's Beef: It's What's For Dinner
A place with a reputation like Al's Beef certainly warranted a visit from us while we were on vacation in Chicago.
We went to the Al's #1 Italian Beef in Little Italy. There are plenty of other locations in Chicago, but the shop on Taylor Street is really the original location and it has a unique vibe about it. The walls are full of pictures of celebrities who have stopped in for sandwiches over the years and you can grab a spot at the counter by the window to enjoy your food. It really has an authentic feel.
Uhhh...yep. It sure can be that good.
The beef is tender and has incredible flavor and the bread is fresh and soft but the best part about the sandwich is the amazing juice from the meat. I'm not sure if the juice comes only from the beef or if they also dip the sandwich in the juice, but it's like your bread has been covered in the most incredible au jus.
It makes the bread a little bit soggy, which I love, and it marries the flavors together perfectly. The juice also provided sweetness and spiciness that really brought out the depth of the flavors. Because the juices continued to marinate, I felt like each bite tasted better and better. It was a good sandwich when I started eating it. It was an incredible sandwich by the time I finished eating it. I only wish it were a little more photo-friendly.
The Al's Big Beef truly lived up to the reputation of being one of the best sandwiches in America. I thought about that sandwich for the rest of our trip and considered getting another one any time we walked past an Al's Beef. However, I resisted because I knew there was so much other great food to try.
But even if I'd spent the entire week eating nothing but sandwiches from Al's Beef, I wouldn't have complained one bit.
1079 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607