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Uncle Johnny's Grocery
500 W. 32nd St.
April 29, 2009 11:55 PM
Springtime had finally arrived in Chicago... even though it was only February 7th! My son and I drove into the city to Uncle Johnny's Grocery in the old Bridgeport neighborhood near Sox Park.
It's a corner Italian grocery in the middle of a working class neighborhood. Small by today's standards, the look and feel really grabs you as you enter. Uncle Johnny's is over seventy years old; the original wooden coolers from its butcher days remain along with ceiling meat hooks used to hang sides of beef. The look and feel is strictly old world. While there is no indoor seating, there is a picnic table outside for fair weather dining.
We ordered the breaded steak sandwich with red sauce, mozzarella, and sweet peppers. This messy, yet perfect, sandwich held together to the last bite. Next up was a solid Italian beef ordered sweet 'n' wet. We chose the small version, which was still almost a foot long. The slow-cooked beef had the right blend of spices. We finished with a perfectly balanced Italian hero of ham, capicola, pepperoni, salami, mozzarella, lettuce, tomatoes, and oil & vinegar.
Our tab for three monster sandwiches and three bottled sodas was $19.25 including tax. Uncle Johnny came out and inquired about our meal, and also recommended his Italian sausage, which comes by the sandwich or in bulk. Perhaps as BBQ season heads our way, we’ll pick up a box!
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