Johnnie's Beef

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When the subject of Italian beef in Chicago comes up, Johnnie's Beef is invariably one of the top contenders. With lines snaking out of the take-out operation, Johnnie's does a brisk lunch and dinner business, but the cash-only routine moves quickly. The beef and sausage are cooked and seasoned in-house attracting everyone from Hollywood types (Joe Mantegna and Robin Williams are fans) to those with long layovers at O'Hare. Hot dogs, pepper and egg sandwiches on Fridays and refreshing Italian lemonade round out the menu.