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.
4757 N Talman Ave
|Cross street:||between Leland and Lawrence Aves|
|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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It’s easy to find sub-par Philly cheesesteak sandwiches in Chicago, so locating a restaurant that does the dish justice is nothing short of a miracle. Believe or not, you don’t have to settle for soggy, grease-soaked bread; chewy beef and lukewarm Cheese Whiz. Monti’s makes cheesesteak that is worth eating—perhaps it’s not exactly like the “REAL DEAL,” but it’s pretty damn close.