Where's the (Italian) Beef? Tell Us Who Serves Your Favorite to Win a $50 Gift Card

This week your local editors tried Italian beef sandwiches in Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox. The place with the most reader reviews and comments wins, and by participating you can get a shot at winning a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

For this week's Chowdown Showdown, local editors Joe Vince (Frankfort), Paul Dailing (Mokena) and Michael Sewall (New Lenox) tried Italian beef sandwiches in their respective Patch towns.

Our reviews are in the photo captions above, but to truly give a restaurant the title of "Most-Loved Italian been sandwich in the Lincoln-Way Area," we need your help. Here's what you can do:

  1. Comment: Leave comments below to show support for your favorite fried chicken.
  2. Upload photos: Click "Add Photos & Video" near the photos above and upload a shot of your favorite Italian beef sandwich. Tell us where it's from in the caption.
  3. Review: You can write a review in the business directory to let us know they've got great Italian beef sandwich. Click on the names of the restaurants below to write your review.

The restaurant that gets the most positive reviews, comments and photos added between now and noon Sunday, April 1, will be named the winner.


Are we missing any? Tell us in the comments section and find it in the Frankfort Patch Places business directory.

New Lenox

Are we missing any? Tell us in the comments section and find it in the New Lenox Patch Places business directory.


Are we missing any? Tell us in the comments section and find it in the Mokena Patch Places business directory.

Dottie March 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM
How could you not include Enricos in the Frankfort section??? They have been serving the best Italian beef in the area since the 1970s!!
Tracy March 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I'm with Dottie, how could you leave Enricos off the list? There is no one better than them in Frankfort. Two Gyros places make the list, but not Enricos. Very disappointing Joe. Go get a beef sandwich and realize the failure in this list. I'll even buy the sandwich for you.
Dottie March 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Absolutely, Tracy! No one fixes them with the grilled garlic bread the way Enricos does. Yum!
Kimberly March 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM
The Creamery in New Lenox has a really good beef sandwich, add on the sweet green peppers .....and its a great beef sandwich!!
Paul Dailing March 25, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Whoops. Enrico's has been added. And you thought the "Are we missing any? Tell us in the comments section" bit was just space-filler. :)
Dottie March 25, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Thanks Paul!
Tracy March 25, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Mary March 25, 2012 at 03:08 PM
what about Pops? Awesome beef!!!
Salvo Buonafed March 25, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Homer Glen, IL 60491 Original Mr Beef Chicago is known for pizza,hot dogs,and beef sandwiches. You can argue on who has the best pizza and hot dogs but when it comes to the best beef sandwich,the Original Mr. Beef wins hands down. I've had Duke's in Bridgeport,IL ,Al's Beef,Mr. Beef on Orleans,Mr. Beef on Harlem and many other beef stands in Chicago and suburbs but this is my favorite. The beef is always sliced thin, no fat or gristle,and served on good french bread. The juice has the right amount of spices. They have good hot and mild peppers served on the side or on your sandwich.
Michael March 25, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Pop's in Mokena is simply the best. They cook their own beef from scratch. No pre-bought stuff like scalas or papa charlies. Top it off with their homemade Hot Mix and dip it, and there isnt any better!!!
Bob March 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Johnnie's Beef Elmwood Park on North Ave. Best beef in Chicago Area hands down!!
Sue N. March 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM
In Frankfort, my top picks for Italian Beef Sandwiches would be Kismet's, Rosie's then Brown's Chicken!
N Yan March 26, 2012 at 01:30 PM
From those listed, Badda Bing has a decent beef. Pizza Mia also typically has good beef. Pops is okay as well. However, I'm most a fan of Fox's beef :)
KMK March 27, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Ok the Cheef from Rosati's is the best. love it!!
Joseph Mikota March 27, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Badda Bing's Italian Beef is AWESOME, where can you get an awesome beef sandwich, fries and a drink for $6.99? Affordable enough to bring the whole family.
Chicagoan March 27, 2012 at 07:54 PM
"Enrico's" has my vote.... the best beef ever on a large toasted garlic bread with sweet peppers, melted mozzarella and a side of their delicious au jus and some pepperoncini's and then I am a happy camper!!!! I am beyond thrilled that Portillo's is coming to New Lenox this fall!!!!!
Matty Krylowicz March 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Although I'm from New Lenox I make the drive out to Mokena's Pop's for a good beef sandwich. So they have my vote. However, if I don't feel like making the drive Ranch Frosties has darn good beef. I recommend it ;)
Raymond Stawick March 30, 2012 at 03:13 PM
RPS Badda Bings great beef and juice. The best I ever had.
Serge Storms March 30, 2012 at 05:47 PM
In New Lenox...It's Badda Bings. Great for catering as well! In Mokena...Pop's (I think they use sourdough bread which adds to the flavor)
P K April 02, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Portillo's is THE best!!...Can't wait for construction in New Lenox to begin!!!
Chicagoan May 16, 2013 at 03:01 PM
When is Enrico's coming back? I miss their beef sandwich and their vegetable soup! I MISS YOU ENRICO'S!!!!!


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