The trick with grabbing a sub for lunch from the heavenly Italian deli counter at Bari is to call in your order ahead of time. For a modest price you'll get quality meats, cheese, housemade giardiniera (mild or hot) and an arm's length of fresh pane.
Swing by the esteemed Italian grocer on Grand Ave and you'll see an Italian beef special scrawled in black ink on a sheet of paper by the scale in the back (one of the employees assured me had been around for a month). Do me a favor and order one. It might be one of the best Italian beefs around.
"It's a nearly perfect Italian sandwich." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Bari Foods 1120 W Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60622 (map) The Short Order: Perfectly proportioned Italian sub with spicy giardiniera Want Fries with That? Nope. Just pick up some chips on...
Italian sausage is easy enough to find in the case of almost any grocery store. But if you're after a version that's made more masterfully—not overly fine, seasoned with refinement—stop by Bari and buy it fresh or have a sandwich.
Like all great cities should, Chicago has a collection of dishes that were invented within its borders and that you can't get anywhere else. I decided to create this list to help keep track of them all.
Last month, we took a look at the affordable options in Humboldt Park, so it feels natural to move directly east to see what's available in West Town. That's a lot to cover, and know that this list could have been twice as long, but instead of simply adding in every good dish in the area, I decided to strip the list down to 12 genuinely great options.