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Johnnie's Beef - 54 Reviews - 7500 W North Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-4140, Elmwood Park, IL - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (708) 452-6000
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Johnnie's Beef

7500 W North Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-4140 (at Between Jackson and Monroe Avenues)
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
(708) 452-6000
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Johnnie's Beef - Elmwood Park, IL


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Best beef on earth. Just like the paper bag says. There is nothing comparable. Not Al's, mr beef, buona, or others. Had a blind contest. #1


Being a beef fan I had heard from some people that Johnnie's had the best Beef in Chicago. I will admit it is damn good. However, it is rather on the small side and a bit expens...

Excellent Italian beef 3/29/2011

The food here is excellent and the Italian ice is just what you need in the balmy Chicago summers. I'd give this place 5 stars but the parking is ridiculously limited and the lines can get really long. I guess that's the price you pay for delicious food. more

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Johnnie's: Excellent Italian Beef That's Worth the Wait 3/18/2006

The appeal of Johnnie’s is perplexing as it is undeniable. At any given point in time, this old-school fast-food shack will have: a) A gigantic line of customers streaming out of the building b) A line of cop cars parked out front on their lunch or dinner break c) An assembly of teens and/or twentysomethings socializing by their cars nearby d) All of the above Why is there such great demand for a place that—let’s face it—isn’t the prettiest eatery around? I’m not sure, but I can venture a good guess. What I do know is that Johnnie’s has excellent Italian beef and great Italian ice, and in an area with a good dose of Italian lineage, that’s a winning formula. Again, the Italian beef is arguably the best in the Chicago area. Johnnie’s is also unique in that it’s got a bit of Seinfeld-esque “Soup Nazi” thing going on, because when the line is long, you better know what you’re ordering and not hold up the line (both regulars and employees will give you evil looks for any unwarranted delays). I presume this efficient, direct service only adds to the place’s vintage appeal. If I had out-of-towners looking for the best Italian beef in Chicago, this is where I would take them. more

Best beef for lowest price! 10/10/2005

Johnnie's Beef is by far the best beef place in all of Chicago. Driving by, it looks like a small walk-in grill, but in the summer, the lines of people waiting go around the block. The Beef Combo, my favorite meal, is a nice heaping mound of beef and a grilled spicy sausage, accompanied with a side of fries. Top that with their famous Italian Ice, and you have the perfect meal for any day. The only drawback of Johnny's is that they take cash only, so remember to go to the ATM beforehand. more

Bring Your Cash for Some Italian Beef 9/16/2005

Johnnie's Beef is my FAVORITE Italian beef shack. Yes, it is a shack with limited seating and long lines day in and day out, but it is worth it. Its Italian beef sandwiches are excellent - you can choose hot peppers or sweet peppers, but I would recommend the hot peppers even if you don't like spicy foods. To add more protein, you can also select the combo which comes with beef and a sausage. Meanwhile, its lemon ice is heaven with chunks of lemon blended inside. The ice is not too sweet nor too bland, but just right. Btw, Johnnie's only takes cash. more
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  • The Scene
    Day and night, rain or shine, folks shuffle in a line up to a block long for Johnnie's legendary beef sandwiches. Stainless steel and gray-blue tones add up to an institutional...

  • 3/21/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Sat 11am-12am Sun 12pm-12am
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Elmwood Park