I set out to sample 11 different Italian Beefs with three friends. We came with eager stomachs and a fairly wide array of experience. I've been eating the sandwiches for at least 25 years. At each stop, we each ate about three inches of a sandwich, each of which was topped with giardiniera and dipped in the thin gravy. Our goal wasn't to crown the best Italian Beef in the city—that cannot be done in just one day. Find out the results. Spoiler: it's not Al's.
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.
If there is one thing you can count on us to do, it's eat sandwiches. As was the case in 2012, we ate more sandwiches than any casual observer would think possible. Yet, once again, the more we ate, the more new places popped up to keep us busy. If you have the time, check out our massive archives, but for the rest of you, take a look at the most popular sandwiches of 2013.