After his success with BRGRBelly (the spot formerly known as Leadbelly Burgers), owner Steve O'Brien set out on creating the gourmet Italian beef equivalent of Hot Doug's. Enter BeefBelly, his new Jefferson Park post featuring eight variations of Chicago's favorite sandwich, including a Mexican-inspired chipotle and Southeast Asian-flavored sriracha. Opening date is Dec. 1 at 4800 N. Central Ave.
The flavors come from different broths for the thinly-sliced beef, and O'Brien has said he wanted to take a chef's approach to those recipes. The sandwiches carry artisan toppings, such as the cilantro cream on the bourbon barbecue. There's also the same fries from BRGRBelly that come with seasonings. For those who don't want red meat, BeefBelly serves chicken sandwiches and salads. Traditionalists can still get their classic Italian beef fix, including a sausage combo.
Drinks include a rotating, seasonal selection of more than 70 craft beers and sodas. They'll also have spiked adult Italian ices like The Bushwacker (coconut Italian ice, Kahlúa and black rum) and raspberry smash (raspberry Italian ice, Chambord and raspberry vodka).
Prices on the beef and chicken sandwiches range from $6.50 to $8.50, with salads costing from $6.95 to $8.95. Fries cost from $1.95 to $3.95. Each kids meal with include a chance to build-your-own sundae. Check out the full menu below.