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Monti's

Photograph: Nicole Radja
Monti's
Ravenswood

Chef James Gottwald and his wife, Jennifer Monti, are sharing the brotherly love with Chicagoans: Their restaurant (in the former Cinners space) features Philly cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls shipped from Philadelphia and regional touches like Tastykakes (wrapped Philly-made cakes) for dessert. The vibe is more sports bar than restaurant (and Gottwald makes ridiculously meaty, spicy buffalo wings to prove it), but you can taste that the ingredients (like Black Angus ribeye on the cheesesteaks) are quality. That is, unless you order the Rocky iteration, in which the beef is marinated with Scotch bonnet and serrano peppers, after which you'll be lucky if you can ever taste again.

Venue name: Monti's
Address: 4757 N Talman Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Leland and Lawrence Aves
Venue phone: 773-942-6012
Website: http://ilovemontis.com
Opening hours: Sun–Wed noon–10pm, Thurs–Sat noon–midnight
Transport: El stop: Brown to Rockwell. Bus: 49, 81.
Price: Average main course: $11
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