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Al’s Beef

#565 of 7,599 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
University Village / Little Italy
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1079 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4224
+1 312-226-4017
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Yummmmy mouth watering Italian Beefs dipped with hot peppers is the waly i like it , and if i didn't live so far i eat there everyday best beef s in the area wow

Thank David A
Smyrna, Delaware
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Coming from Philly comparing this to a cheesesteak, it was really very good. The beef was much more tender and you can get various cheese and toppings as well as "dry, moist or dipped". We also tried the sausage and it had a little kick that snuck up on you, but was delicious as well. The place isn't much to... More 

Thank LISA T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Went to the Taylor street location across from Mario's Italian Lemonade. These Italian Beefs sandwiches, when dipped in the juice with peppers (hot and mild) are ineffable! Wish we had a location here in Wisconsin!

Thank Michael R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I absolutely had to try an Italian beef sandwich while I was in Chicago. Al's #1 was crazy awesome delicious. Def opt for the hot peppers and bring cash!

Thank Elaine H
Avon, Oh
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48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

I've had beef sandwiches in other cities before, but on my most recent visit to Chicago, I decided to stop here and try one. The sandwich was wonderful, I got mine dipped with the sweet peppers. I will definitely stop again on my next visit to Chicago.

Thank Cleveland926
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

I always go to Al's when in Chicago. I love how full of flavor and juicy their subs are. The fact that they are dipped in the juice makes them way better then Portillos. It might be a bet pricey but it's worth every penny.

Thank Omar G
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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283 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Located in a nice easy neighborhood, this order at the counter and take it with uou place was pretty efficient. Small. Some parking. No alcohol. Picnic tables outside. Beef was very good. Could have had tastier pepper combo on top. Fries to die for. Glad I tried this Chicago staple.

Thank Shari W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I have had beef sandwiches at many amazing delis and this tops them all. It is fast and simple and so good.

Thank danielhG5303EP
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

I have always wanted to try Al's Italian beef so when given the chance I jumped on it. I ordered the combo with the regular beef, dipped with hot peppers, fries and a drink. I was so disappointed by it!! I had such high expectations and this sandwich completely let me down!! I have no idea what the hype is... More 

Thank Kelly C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

The beef in this regular size beef sandwich is very good. Just don't choose cheddar cheese- it is sauce- yuck! Makes this even more impossible to eat. Provolone was much better. The bun rapidly saturates and becomes a giant mess, also. 2 sandwiches, which were $6.59, cost me $17.+ when I added the peppers and cheese. Seemed a bit much.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast food, Italian
Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1079 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4224
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-226-4017

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?