Italian beef was once Chicago’s little secret, a result of Italian immigrant innovation, this sandwich was enjoyed with pride. It was highly customizable — get sweet peppers or submerge the French roll in jus. Newer variations allow for melted cheese. The Buona chain even recently began selling a meat-free version.
But, of course, The Bear has shined a spotlight on the sandwich, and chefs around the country have started to create their own versions hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. Season 2 of the FX show will move away from the sandwich and chocolate cake, but Chicagoans will remain enamored and ready to argue over which beef stand sells the best sandwich. Follow Eater Chicago’s guide to the most craveable beef in the city.Read More