Al’s Beef

Restaurants , Sandwich shops River North
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There are rules to eating this iconic Chicago sandwich, and they go like this: First, unwrap your Italian beef (you ordered peppers on it, right?) and spread out the paper like a tablecloth. Grab your sandwich with both hands and hold it in front of you, keeping your elbows on the table. To take a bite, lean toward the sandwich; do not, under any circumstances, move the sandwich toward you. Doing so will only lead to juices spilled onto your clothes—and if you’re simultaneously working on a messy side of cheese fries (which you should be), you don’t need the added risk.

Venue name: Al’s Beef
Address: 169 W Ontario St
Cross street: between Wells St and LaSalle Blvd
Opening hours: Mon–Thurs 10am-midnight, Fri–Sat 10am-3am, Sun 11am-9pm
Transport: Subway stop: Chicago; Grand Subway lines: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago; Red to Grand Bus info: 22 Clark, 125 Water Tower Express, 156 LaSalle
Price: Average main course: $6
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