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Layover in ORD, Any Italian Beef Sandwiches There?

Layover in ORD, Any Italian Beef Sandwiches There?

Feb 20th, 2006, 03:43 AM
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Layover in ORD, Any Italian Beef Sandwiches There?

So, I have a couple of hours layover between flights at Ohare Airport and am wondering if there is a stand at which I can find an Italian Beef Sandwich?

(Yes, I know about the Chicago Hot Dog stand, but have fond memories of Al's Italian Beef on Taylor Street.)

Thanks in advance to the Fodorite Foodies!
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Feb 20th, 2006, 04:30 AM
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What's an Italian Beef Sandwich? A cheese steak with peppers & onions?
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Feb 20th, 2006, 05:31 AM
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That does sound good. I'm will have a layover at ORD in a couple of months. Maybe I should get a beef sandwich instead of Chicago pie? Or maybe both!!
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Feb 20th, 2006, 06:03 AM
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See it here:

http://www.alscatering.com/
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Feb 20th, 2006, 06:06 AM
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and here:

http://www.alscatering.com/
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Feb 20th, 2006, 06:08 AM
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OK, thanks for the link. What's Italian Beef?
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Feb 20th, 2006, 06:25 AM
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An Italian beef at O'Hare is ok but I had one and it wasn't up to my par.

Budman, it is not a cheesesteak sandwich. It is very, very thin sliced, almost shredded, Italian spiced (garlic, oregano) excellent beef roast sandwich with a natural sauce laden- heavily soaked consistency- placed upon a thoroughly soaked (same naturelle- bread or finished sandwich is usually dipped right into the natural sauce pot) on top drawer- moment fresh hard crusted Italian bread roll. The entire is about 7 inches long where I live with about 2 to 3 inches of solid meat between the bottom and top halves of the bread.

Our favorite is Don's or Nicky's. There are about 10 really good choices for this in my part of Chicagoland. Some up North, when I had them- they were drier and not quite the same- but I'm sure Al's is up there as well. Also some places have perverted, IMHO with red sauce choices.

I and a million people like me also get hot guardiara or sweet peppers on ours. At least once every two weeks I stop for Italian beef on the way home from work and that's our entire supper that night.

If it is done right it is terribly messy to eat. The one at OHare, I could eat neatly. It wasn't fatty though- and rubbery fat on my Italian beef sandwich is a real no-no. It should be real, real tender with the meat never boiled or simmered too long within the sauce.

Al's is now a chain and they are good quality- a smaller portion- and not totally soaked unless you ask for it to be dipped. It has authentic taste, IMHO-but is not up to the quality of Don's especially- nor are the accoutrements (sp?) as good or as authentic. I have to have hot guardinara within a good olive oil guardinara base.
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Feb 20th, 2006, 12:43 PM
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I guess this is why so many people arrange for layovers at O'Hare!
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