It’s becoming my Chicago tradition. Every time I end my trip and headed for the airport, I must have Chicago’s flagship export: a dripping, juicy Italian Beef.
For my last meal in Chicago. I just got to have Italian Beef. In the holy trinity of Chicago foodstuffs consisting of Hot Dog, Deep Dish, and Italian Beef, the latter probably sits on the top.
Having been to Johnnie’s Beef last time, I decided to go for another highly rated joint, Al’s Beef on Taylor St.
Italian Beef. A local friend suggested “double dipping” so I did just that. This thing soaked up the juice like a sponge! Every time I picked it up or bite into it, juices would just come flying out. It was so soggy that the buns would have a squishy texture which made this difficult to eat. Wrongfully delicious.
Lemonade Italian Ice. We went across the street to get some famous Italian Ice from Mario’s Italian Lemonade to wash it all down. Really refreshing after all the meat.
Comparing Al’s with Johnnie’s, I prefer Johnnie’s because its flavors seem to be stronger. Maybe it was a bad day but Al’s seem to be more bland compared to Johnnie’s. In any case, it was acceptable and it fulfilled my craving for Italian Beef until the next time I’m in town.