Long before drive-thru’s were invented, corner shops in Chicago dished out fast, hot, hand-held meals that still resembled actual food. Chicago expats and fans of the city are familiar with the glorious trifecta: hot dogs, Italian beef and gyros.
Don’t be fooled by the Sonic ads promising you a Chicago-style hotdog. Real Chicago dogs are made from Vienna Beef, also known as the blessed afterlife of cows. You can argue good cows are turned into steaks, but until you’ve waited outdoors in blistering -10 degree weather for a train that’s already ten minutes late with nothing to warm you but fingerless gloves, a hipster scarf and a dripping wet Italian Beef sandwich in your belly, you haven’t known contentment.
We found a few Chicago-style restaurants that serve up everything but the winter snow here in St. Louis. While we were at it, we went on a hunt for the best Chicago style deep dish pizza in the city. You don’t need to drive five hours for a taste of Chicago. We have it right here.
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