The perfect Italian beef sandwich begins with slow oven roasted, perfectly Italian seasoned beef, tender and extremely lean, sliced amazingly thin. Spices and seasonings used in its preparation include only the freshest natural products that ultimately produce our 100% natural beef gravy.
[Note: In Chicago-speak, "gravy" as it relates to an authentic Italian beef sandwich is not that thick gooey stuff you pour over turkey, but rather a thin, highly seasoned, aromatic juice that seeps into every crevice of the sandwich.]

Our Italian beef sandwiches are served on fresh Italian Bread, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The sandwich can then be "dipped" in the natural juices of the beef and garnished with sweet peppers or our original homemade hot peppers (giardiniera). Al's fresh homemade hot giardiniera was born of a recipe developed mainly through trial and error over our 70 year reign as Chicago's premiere Italian beef sandwich maker. The spices we use in the giardiniera are designed as a perfect compliment to our Italian beef seasoning. Only the freshest and firmest sweet peppers are washed, hulled, sliced and placed in our special oil. The process today is the same as it began over a half century ago.

To complement our amazing sandwiches, Al's Beef has been an innovator and a conservator of the most sacred of traditions, THE MAKING OF REAL HOMECUT, HOMECOOKED FRENCH FRIES. Our French fries have been consistently ranked as the best in the nation. We hand wash, hand cut and cook each and every raw potato that we bring into our restaurants. To eat Al's fresh cut fries is to experience a little piece of heaven on earth.

If that’s not enough, see what else we are serving! From Italian Beef and Sausage, to a famous Chicago style Hot Dog with all the trimmings [In Chicago we don’t do ketchup on a dog ... but we have it if you insist!] If you're looking for something lighter, many of our franchises offer great wraps and burgers! But don’t expect to get these on Taylor Street.

*Not all menu items are offered at all locations.

Legendary Italian Beef & Sausage

Al’s Famous Italian Beef (It’s why you’re here!) "One of the Best Sandwiches in America"

Little Al (4”)

Regular Al (6”)

Big Al (8”)

Char-Grilled Italian Sausage

Al’s Combo Beef & Sausage

Char-Grilled Double Italian Sausage

Homemade “HOT” Giardiniera, Homemade Sweet Peppers, Provolone, Cheddar or American Cheese Available

Real French Fried Potatoes

Voted one of the “Top 10 Best” in the U.S.A. BUT, don’t take their word for it. Buy a few orders!

French Fries

Chili Fries

Cheddar Cheese Fries

Chili Cheddar Fries

Buffalo Bleu Fries
Our Real Fried Potatoes drizzled with our Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing and Tangy Hot Sauce

Bleu Cheese Fries
Our Real Fried Potatoes covered with Imported Gorgonzola Cheese and Drizzled with our Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing. Wow!

Loaded Fries
Cheddar Cheese, Bacon and Chopped Green Onion with Sour Cream on the Side

Onion Rings
Our Thick Cut, Tender Buttermilk Batter Onion Rings

Hot Dogs & Tamales

The Chicago Style
An All Beef Hot Dog buried in a Steamed Poppy Seed Bun “With Everything” includes: Mustard, Relish, Fresh Chopped Onions, Tomato, Kosher Pickle, Celery Salt & Sport Peppers

Double Dog

Chili Dog with Onions

Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog with Onions

Classic Tamale

The Tamale Boat
Two Classic Tamales smothered in our Hearty Chili & Topped with Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Fresh Chopped Onions

Char-Grilled Burgers

All Burgers Served with Lettuce, Tomato, Ketchup, Real Mayonnaise, Kosher Pickles & Shaved Red Onion on a Fresh Baked Bun

1/3 lb. Burger

Bunless Cheeseburger
1/3 lb. All Beef Burger with EXTRA Cheese (American, Provolone, or Cheddar), Shredded Lettuce, Kosher Pickles, Real Mayonnaise and Mustard

Bacon Burger

Gorgonzola & Bleu Burger

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger
With all the trimmings plus “Sweet Baby Ray’s” BBQ Sauce

Cheddar Burger

Double Burger
Do the math, this is BIG!


A Tender All-White Chicken Breast with Lettuce, Tomato & Real Mayonnaise

Char-Grilled Chicken
Try Adding Cheese or Bacon!

Cheddar Chicken

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken
With all the trimmings plus “Sweet Baby Ray’s” BBQ Sauce


Smoky Bacon, Ripe Tomatoes, Shredded Lettuce, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and Real Mayonnaise wrapped in a Flour Tortilla

Chipotle Chicken
Grilled Chicken Breast, Romaine lettuce, Shredded Parmesan, Ripe Tomatoes, Smoky Bacon, and our Zesty Chipotle dressing wrapped in a Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Tortilla

American Club
Hickory-Smoked Turkey, Boiled Ham, Smoky Bacon, Shredded Lettuce, Tomato, American Cheese and Real Mayonnaise wrapped in a Flour Tortilla

Southwest Turkey
Hickory-Smoked Turkey Breast, Smoky Bacon, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Ripe Tomatoes, Shredded Lettuce, and our Zesty Chipotle Dressing wrapped in a Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Tortilla

Buffalo Chicken
Grilled Chicken Breast, Tangy Hot Sauce, Ripe Tomatoes, Shredded Lettuce and our famous Bleu Cheese Dressing wrapped in a Flour Tortilla

Ham and Cheese
Boiled Ham, Ripe Tomatoes, Shredded Lettuce, American Cheese and Real Mayonnaise wrapped in a Flour Torilla

Turkey and Cheese
Smoked Turkey Breast, Ripe Tomatoes, Shredded Lettuce, American Cheese and Real Mayonnaise wrapped in a Flour Tortilla

Italian Meat and Cheese
Olive Relish, Capicola, Salami, Prosciuttini, Provolone Cheese, Ripe Tomatoes, Shredded Lettuce and Real Mayonnaise wrapped in a Flour Tortilla

Gourmet Salads

Al’s “Old Chicago” Chopped Salad
Chopped Fresh Greens, Diced Ripe Tomatoes, Carrots, Pasta, Gorgonzola Cheese, Chopped Bacon & Scallions with Diced Grilled Chicken Breast tossed in Al’s House Balsamic Vinaigrette.

The “Big Boss” Caesar
Crisp Romaine Lettuce tossed in our Creamy Caesar Dressing with Croutons & Grated, Imported Parmesan Cheese. Try adding Diced Chicken or Sliced, Grilled Italian Sausage!

Dr. A’s Carb Buster
Crisp Chopped Mixed Lettuce, Chilled Grilled Chicken, Crispy Bacon Bits and Gorgonzola Cheese tossed in a Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing.

Gourmet Garden Salad
Chopped Fresh Greens, Diced Tomatoes, Crisp Cucumbers, Carrots, Green Peppers Rings, Red Onions and Shredded Cheddar Cheese with your choice of Dressing

Side Salad
Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Carrots with your choice of Dressing

• Al’s House Balsamic Vinaigrette • Chunky Bleu Cheese • Caesar • Ranch • French • Fat Free Italian Vinaigrette

8” Subs

All Subs Served with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onions, Sub Dressing or Real Mayonnaise on Fresh Italian Bread

Terry’s Special
Olive Relish, Capicola, Salami, Prosciuttini and Provolone Cheese

Chris’ Special
Capicola, Salami, Ham and Provolone Cheese

Water Tower
Olive Relish, Double Capicola, Salami and Provolone Cheese

Taylor Street
Capicola, Salami, Pepperoni and Provolone Cheese

Back of the Yards
Capicola, Ham, Prosciuttini and Provolone Cheese

Italian American Sub
Salami, Ham, Pepperoni and Provolone Cheese

Christopher Columbus
Turkey, Pepperoni, Prosciuttini and American Cheese

Ham and Cheese
Double Ham and American Cheese

Turkey and Cheese
Double Turkey and American Cheese

Double Pepperoni and Provolone Cheese

Olive Relish, Cucumbers, Provolone Cheese and American Cheese

Soup & Chili

Served with crackers

Soup of the Day

Bowl of Chili, No Beans!
With Cheddar Cheese & Onions

Fire Chili
(not for the weak of heart) Hot Hot Hot!


Chocolate Drenched Cheesecake
Plain or Chocolate Chip

Lezza Italian Ice
4oz. OR 16oz.

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies


Soft Drinks
Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Root Beer, Mountain Dew, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Raspberry Iced Tea, Pink Lemonade, Al’s Bottled Water

Shakes & Malts

Cherry or Blue Raspberry

Ice Tea Fresh Brewed

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