March 17, 2009 10:39 am Published by

shhcago.gifVia Pop Candy, a website called Slashfood picked the best sandwiches in the US. Lo and behold, Chicago got a couple of mentions.

Al’s Beef is on that list.  This is one of those Chicago institutions that is known probably as well as Giordano’s Pizza or Navy Pier, but Slashfood brought it up and I have been feinding that thinly sliced goodness for a couple of weeks.  The location closest to the Travers house had a promotion giving away 50 certificates granting a free beef every week for a year, and we got two of them.  Every Monday was free beefs for me and Joan.   They have been closed for three weeks (the cause might be too many free beefs) and I need my fix.

121x190featbestoffmariosiceNot feinding enough to get off my lazy ass and go to the original location in Little Italy.  Why I mention it and what makes the location so great, besides being the original, is that after you get a sandwich, there is Mario’s Italian Ice across the street for dessert.  I have heard stories about how it is a mob front or has some sort of mob connections, but that just adds to the allure of the place.  Kinda like the rumor that Demon Dogs used to steal their electricity from the El tracks above them:  Great story but greater food.

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  • Kate says:

    Mario’s is delicious, I highly recommend a lemon/lime combo. But if you want chocolate italian ice, go another block and half north to Carm’s on Aberdeen (?). Their chocolate italian ice tastes like a fudgicle. I’m sure they have tasty meats for you carnivores as well.

  • Kevin says:

    You should really spell check that last paragraph there (like across the street) not their (like Al’s Beef owns it). Idiot.

  • Brian says:

    Me fail english? Thats unpossible!
    Thanks for looking out they’re. I didn’t go to reading college.

  • Kevin says:

    Fuck you. That shit pisses me off. Get the right tense. I believe you passed 2nd grade English. considering you are a college grad. SMU What?