"Al's combo: you cannot see the taut, full-flavored Italian sausage buried underneath the beef and giardiniera in this sandwich, but it is a significant presence. No one ever nominated Chicago's Italian beef as one of the prettiest foods, but to those who know and love it, there is nothing more beautiful than this sandwich's exquisite combination of flavors and textures."
"Here's a side view of the combo, showing the mighty sausage secreted within the bun below the beef."
"Aside from those at the annual Minnesota Fair, America's best French fries are in Chicago; and Al's serves some of the best of the best. No matter what else you get, you MUST have these. While they are available topped with cheese and/or chili, I recommend them au naturel."
"A 6' with hot peppers, a 6' with sweet peppers, cheese fries and onion rings. Both sandwiches equally delicious - just depends on your heat meter - fries perfectly covered with ooey cheese and onion rings were nice and crunchy. A definite must eat when traveling to Chicago!"
"Messy and delicious"
"Al's inclusion of "#1" in the name refers not only to its profession of unequalled excellence, but to the fact that its owners, the Pacelli family, claim to have invented Italian beef back in the 1930s."
"This downtown Al's is a convenient walk from the hotels and shops on Michigan Avenue. While it lacks the basic street food amenity -- a counter to lean on while you eat -- the cuisine is impeccable."