Hours: Lunch, dinner: Monday-Saturday
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 2, other nights till midnight
House-roasted Italian beef, hand-formed burgers, Chicago hot dogs, and Polishes. Cash only.
Formerly the 24-hour diner Addison Street Cafe & Grill, this is a classic Chicago spot with a jukebox, classic cars on the wall, and an impressive accretion of classic junk. The menu ably covers the basics—hot dogs, burgers, grilled sausages—and they're executed sublimely, the cheeseburger, for example, a wet, hot, lovely mess with fixin’s that included mayo and grilled onion. Both a strawberry shake and a chocolate malt were thinned down to where they could be easily hoovered up through a straw—a good thing, I thought—and not too sweet. And the Italian beef that now gives the place its name is made with house-roasted beef that alone is worth the trip.