Best Italian Beef near O'Hare
- foodieboy Jul 9, 2002 06:06 PM
Please recommend the best good Italian Beef sandwich place close to O'Hare.
Dont know if its close enough to OHare but I always liked Romas on Cicero near Montrose. Good beef, good sausage, solid all around.
When looking up Romas address I was surprised to see "Romas The Original" listed. I think this is a place I used to frequent but havent been to for ages. From their website, romabeef.com, it seems theyre under new management. If the beefs as good as it used to be its definitely worth a visit. I hope to get over there soon and see how it is these days. Anyone been recently?
Romas Italian Beef & Sausage
4237 N Cicero Av
The Original Romas
6161 N Milwaukee Av
I would consider Johnny's and Buona Beef to both be near O'Hare, just shoot down River Road and hang a left onto North Ave, to end up at either place.
Doesn't anybody but me like Jay's Italian beef? [or as we often say here on the NW side, beefs?] I'll admit that the gardinera mix at Buona's is superior, but, frankly, I find Johnny's over-rated. Jay's beefs seem to be a slightly better cut of beef; very tender but not the over-cooked beef mush you often get at a beef stand, and their gardinera is mixed with a hefty dose of fresh celery, which I find to completely enhance the beef experience. [As a tacky aside and play on the line from "Airplane", I like my men like I like my Italian beef sandwiches...sweet and extra hot....but I digress.] Sausage may be better at Johnny's, but not by much. No ices, unfortunately. There's a Jay's on Irving between Manheim and River Rd. [much closer to the airport than anything mentioned so far], and another one at Narragansett just north of Montrose [which can be quick to get to from the airport if you take I-90 to Nagle and go south].