Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pop's Beef

--Got Beef? Italian Beef
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Maybe the reason I have such a picky palate when it comes to Italian beef is because I have been exploring the different beef joint's of the city since my youth. While y'all were eating at Mr. Beef and Portillo's thinking you were heaven, I was in beef heaven. I have two favorite beef sandwiches that I was introduced to in my youth, Pop's and Jay's. Pop's is out on the south side and I would consider it the best IB out south and still in my starting five for the all Chicago beef team. I have been eating at Pop's for 15+ years. Back in the day when me and family would be at our grandma's for Sunday dinner, me, my brother and my cousins would always ride bikes over to Pop's to eat beef and gravy bread before dinner. Yes, I was taking food journeys before I even had a license.

Pop's in Beverly is one of the King's all time favorites

Pop's does everything above average and it makes one of the better beef's in the city no matter where you are. They slice their beef ultra thin and dont skim on it by any means. Im a huge fan of the hot peppers at pop's, some of the best around. This was my favorite restaurant as a kid and still one of my favorite beef joints in the Chi. It really hasnt changed aside from a few more locations throughout the area. Unlike other places that expand they seem to do the same good beef at each location. I would still recommend the original on Kedzie though. Folks on the south side are lucky to have such a good beef that hasnt changed. Its always got a constant flow of traffic and they aint dumb, they do a beef dinner to go for all the family's busy with school and sports activities. You get the beef, roll of bread, gravy and giardinara and do it all up at home. This way the wife doesnt have to cook and dad and the kids are happy, everyone loves Pop's. Ill be goin here til the day I die. Go Cub's.
beef with hot from Pop's

Rating Scale 5/5

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

Score: 18/20

Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage
10337 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60655
(773) 239-1243


  1. The original is in Mt Greenwood not Beverly I know because I grew up five blocks away. they do have great beef and good shakes

  2. Yes, definitely not Beverly. Mt. Greenwood. Big difference. I grew up in Ashburn and this was my childhood standby. This is still my favorite beef. The hot peppers are the best I have ever had with nothing even coming close. The fries are excellent as well. Having gotten the hell out of the south side, I find myself fortunate to live near Jay's now so at least I can get a beef that comes close! Now, I just wish the north side had anything even remotely close to Vito & Nick's, the best pizza on earth!

  3. IMO Pop's had a decent beef years ago. Ever since they expanded and was bought out by the original owners family of the Palos store everything on their menu has gone downhill.

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