With 4 new Chicago restaurants listed and no real references or pictures, we decided to enjoy or 60 degree Chicago day and head into the city for some exploring.
First up...Uncle Johnny's Grocery....
Located in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago's south side, Uncle Johnny's is a corner Italian grocery store right in the middle of a working class neighborhood.
Small by today's standards, the look and feel really grabs you as you enter.
Over seventy years old, the original wooden coolers from its butcher days remain along with ceiling meat hooks used to hang sides of beef.
We ordered three sandwiches, each split in two. First up, the breaded steak sandwich. We added red sauce, mozzarella cheese an sweet peppers.
A south side staple, this one didn't disappoint. This sandwich was the perfect marriage of bread and contents. While this can be a messy sandwich, it held together to the last bite!
Next up, a solid Italian beef sandwich. We ordered our sweet and wet, therefore it was accompanied by sweet green peppers and dipped in the au jus gravy. The beef is slow cooked on site with all the spices.
The small was close to a foot long!
We finished with a perfect ratio Italian hero. While I've had thicker sandwiches, this beauty included ham, cappicola, salami, pepperoni, lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella and oil & vinegar. Both sandwiches were served up on the same bread as the breaded steak....much to our enjoyment!
While there is no indoor seating, there is a picnic table outside for fair weather dining. It had just melted off that morning, hence a little al fresco dining in Chicago in February! We enjoyed Filbert's flavored sodas in Black cherry, Blue Raspberry and Grape among others. Our tab for three monster sandwiches and three bottled sodas was $19.25 including tax! Perhaps we should have joined in with then neighbors who were pitching pennies for quarters and eventually lunch!
Uncle johnny came out and inquired about our meal.
A lifelong lover of Elvis, the back walls of the store are almost a monument to the King!
Uncle Johnny also made a strong case for his Italian sausage, either by the sandwich or in bulk. Perhaps as BBQ season heads our way, we'll pick up a box!
Uncle Johnny's Grocery...
and more good stuff! Uncle Johnny's Grocery 500 West 32nd Street Chicago, IL 60616 Tel: 312-225-6111
We're on our way to stop number two....