Sunday, January 4, 2009

Johnnie's Beef

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Johnnies beef in Elmwood Park

Ask 100 Chicagoans what there favorite place for a beef is and more than half will say Johnnie's. Located in Elmwood Park its a straight shot down North ave where it sits at 7500 w. North ave. Rain, snow, sleet or shine, there's always a line of people at Johnnies for a beef, hell they even got a security unit. Johnnies is the most consistent of all beef slangers and so it is probably #1 on my list for that reason. When it comes to regional sandwiches, the IB is King, it Bruce lee's the competition. Johnnies is the holy grail. Sure there are bigger IB sandwiches out there but they dont melt on your tongue like these do.

I don't care if Jay Leno loves Mr. Beef, he lives in NY, he knows as much about a good beef as I know where to get one of those dirty hot dogs from the carts in NYC, but that's for another day. Yo Jay! next time your in town go here and thank me later, if the only burger I ever ate was a double cheese from McDonald's than I would think those are good too. Get it? good. If you have to choose one greasy roadfood type place to eat while in Chicago then this is the place. It's the holy grail/Wrigley field of all beef shacks. It gets no better than this.

beef with hot from Johnnie's

Rating Scale 5/5

beef: 5
bread: 5
gravy: 5
hot peppers: 4

Score: 19/20

Johnnie's Beef
7500 W North Ave
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
(708) 452-6000


  1. I have grown up sheltered in the suburbs... talked to my g/f and we are hitting up this place next weekend to check it out.

  2. I have little doubt you wont like it. I def. hyped this place up as the best of the beefs but the other places that score 17 and up are all worth checking out no matter where you live and anything on the site is worth trying if your in the area.

  3. The original Johnny's in Elmwood Park is great!

    Just dont go to the Arlington Heights location thinking they are equal, because there not!!

  4. Just found this sister site of yours. Will forward to all my Chitown homies. We all love Johnnies the best too.

  5. I agree with Burton. Arlington Heights location pales by comparison. How can that be?

  6. Been going to Johnnie's for years and it's STILL awesome. Yeah the ownership has changed and the beefs are smaller now so boo hoo hoo to all you whiners. Just buy 2 next time or if your like me 10 or 20!


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