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. Others have even begun selling meat-free versions.
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. Though Season 2 of the FX show moved away from the sandwich, Chicagoans remain enamored and ready to argue over which beef stand sells the best sandwich. Follow Eater Chicago’s guide to the most sought-after beef in the city.Read More