A few things are undisputed about the Italian Beef Sandwich: it originated on the “Sout” Side of Chicago by Italian immigrants, is served in hundreds of places around the city and when made correctly should leave a trail of juice down your arm.
USA TODAY 10Best and Sandwich America set out to find the best Italian beef in the state of Illinois. To do so, we recruited a panel of local food experts to nominate their favorites before handing things over to our readers, who have been voting daily for their favorites for the past four weeks.
Two eateries dominated the battle for top honors, and in the end, it was Novi's Beef that earned the crown.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Italian Beef in Illinois are as follows:
- Novi's Beef - Berwyn
- Buona - Chicago
- Original Mr. Beef - Homer Glen
- Portillo's - Various Locations
- Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery - Chicago
- Tony's Italian Beef - Chicago
- Jay's Beef - Chicago
- Bob-O's Hot Dogs - Chicago
- Johnnie's Beef - Elmwood Park
- Al's Italian Beef - Chicago
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Beth Peterson (Yummie Nation) and Dawn Reiss (10Best Local Expert) were chosen based on their knowledge of the Illinois food scene.
Additional nominees for Best Italian Beef in Illinois included Augustino's Rock and Roll Deli in Carol Stream, Bari Italian Subs in Chicago, Bombacigno's J & C Inn in Chicago, Fontano's Subs in Chicago, Frangella Italian Market in Palos Park, Joe Boston's Italian Beef in Chicago, Luke's Italian Beef in Chicago, Mama D's in Lemont, Pop's Beef in Chicago and Scatchell's Beef & Pizza in Cicero.
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