Hours: Lunch, dinner: Monday-Saturday
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 5
River North mainstay famous for its Italian beef sandwiches.
My friend Rose used to say of a barbecue joint in Athens, Georgia, "That motherfuckin' barbecue's good enough to make you want to slap yo' grandmama!" I never got what she meant until I visited Mr. Beef. Eat enough of these incredible Italian beef sandwiches and you'll be pummeling your granny, your brother, your best friend, and your significant other for good measure. Composed of half a French roll, a mound of thinly sliced beef, hot and sweet peppers, and a liberal dousing of jus, they are unspeakably delicious. There are other things on the menu, but who cares? The droves of people coming in the door aren't there for the chicken sandwich. Old-school digs and friendly yet cranky service lend that authentic Chicago vibe.