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The Original Mr. Beef

Restaurants, American Suburbs
The Original Mr. Beef
Photograph: Courtesy Original Mr. Beef

For one of Chicagoland’s best Italian beef sandwiches, you’ll have to venture outside of city limits, to the far southwest suburb of Homer Glen. Here, Carl Bonavolanto III, son of the original owner of Mr. Beef on Orleans, serves up his ancestral sandwich from a strip mall storefront adorned with mob movie posters. (Bonavolanto’s father sold the Orleans location, sans family recipe, back in the ‘80s; it and his son’s Homer Glen shop are completely unconnected.) The genuine Bonavolanto article is well worth the trip; the beef is incredibly succulent, the jus perfectly garlicky and salty. It’s topped with giardiniera that might be the best we’ve ever encountered, a spicy, wonderfully fresh-tasting mix of diced green peppers, celery, and red pepper flakes.

By: Cate Huguelet


Venue name: The Original Mr. Beef
Address: 12320 W 143rd St
Homer Glen

Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10am–7pm, Sat 10am–5pm
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