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EATER: Where to Chomp on Italian Beef Sandwiches in Chicago

Italian beef was once Chicago’s little secret, a result of Italian immigrant innovation, this sandwich was enjoyed with pride. It was highly customizable — get sweet peppers or submerge the French roll in jus. Newer variations allow for melted cheese. Others have even begun selling meat-free versions.

“the Italian beef sandwich can be traced back to this Taylor Street stand in Little Italy. That’s where Al Ferrari set up shop in 1938 and started popularizing what would become one of the city's iconic foods.”

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