My first visit to Al’s was about 10 years ago, so this isn’t one of those overdeveloped childhood food memories for me, and that’s a good thing.
Being from North side of the city, I’m no stranger to Italian Beef’s and sausage. And by the time I’d finally made my way over to Al’s, I had consumed many beefs & combo’s. Walking into Al’s, I thought I knew what a good beef should taste like, instead Al’s reeducated me that day, and subsequently reset my bar for what great Italian beef should taste like.
Since that first visit, I’ve been back dozens of times, and I’ve never been disappointed. Over the years as I’ve visited many of the other top beef joints in the city, few have equaled and only one has bettered the taste of the original Al’s.
One thing that makes Al’s so unique, is that bed of live charcoal that they cook the sausages on. While Al’s may be best known for the beef, they make a mean Italian sausage as well. Put them together and that means they have some of the most amazing combos anywhere. The French fries are also some of the best in the city.
I’ve tried several of the “other” Al’s Beef’s that are found around town, hoping to get that classic Al’s taste. Sadly, none of satellite Al’s seem to be able to duplicate the Taylor Street originals taste. So be forewarned, go to Taylor street if you want the best.
And while this may not have sounded like one of my typical reviews of some new place that I just discovered, consider this a ringing endorsement of a place where I recently had the pleasure re-experiencing it once again with spectacular results. In other words; this review was long overdue!
Take care and eat well-
Al's #1 Italian Beef
1079 W. Taylor St.