Al's beef is dry roasted in a secret recipe blend of 100% pure spices and natural juices. Our beef is pure. The Au Jus or Gravy as Al calls it, is where all of our flavors are soaking with the beef. We will add as little or as much "gravy" to your sandwich as you want. But most Al's connoisseurs prefer their beef sandwich wet or dipped and with sweet and hot peppers. ABOUT THE "GRAVY": "Gravy" is a term many Italians use to describe their pasta sauce and in this case, we use it to describe our beef juice. NOT to be confused with the traditional turkey gravy consistency, Al's beef gravy is an incredibly light, aromatic and flavorful juice. NOT the thick heavy "gravy you put on mashed potatoes. Extras for the sandwich include our delicious homemade sweet peppers, homemade spicy (hot) giardiniera, or provolone cheese. You can get your famous Al's Italian Beef Sandwich in 4 different levels of juiciness:
That's how we do it for most of our guests. Just enough beef gravy (the "juice") is added to make it nice and juicy, but not over the top.
Additional gravy is added to the sandwich, the juicier the better.
The crown jewel of juicy, the entire sandwich is submerged into the gravy. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to eat! You'll need the "Italian Stance" for this one.
No extra gravy goodness but still delicious. You might want to re-think this option though. Our beef gravy is the gold. Go ahead and be a little adventurous and crazy; get it a little wet. You'll love it.
Big Al recommends you talk like him when ordering:
"I'll take a Beef, Dipped wit Hot and Sweet"
That's the sandwich that made us famous!
Fresh Cut Fries
Everyday we hand-cut our fries from fresh Idaho potatoes that are picked from potato fields that we personally choose. We are VERY particular about our potatoes. It's not just any potato that can be an Al's potato. It's a must try addition to any sandwich. Voted one of the "Top 10 Best" in the USA:
A Small Cup or a Large Cup of Fries
for the French fry purest.
with a drizzle of our own special BBQ Sauce.
Cheddar Cheese Fries
with a great Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce Drizzled on Top. Our #1 Specialty Fry!
Bleu Cheese Fries
with Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese & Chunky Bleu Cheese Sauce. (only a fine glass of wine could make these taste any better.)
Buffalo Bleu Fries
with Chunky Bleu Cheese Sauce & Spicy Buffalo Sauce. (ditto on the wine thing.)
Chili Cheddar Fries
with Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce & a ladle of Our Amazing Bean-less Chili.
with Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce, Bacon, Chopped Green Onion & Sour Cream on the Side.
with Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce & Jalapeno Peppers.
Char-Grilled Italian Sausage
We char-grill all our Italian sausage in our stores. This is the way Italian sausage was meant to be eaten. Al's Italian sausage has just a little "kick" of spiciness. That's what makes it unforgettable. Order any of these items just like you would an Italian Beef Sandwich. Get it Regular, Dry, Wet, or Dipped. You can add Sweet Peppers, Hot Giardiniera, or Provolone Cheese.
Our Famous combination of Al's Italian Beef piled on top of a fresh Char-Grilled Italian Sausage. A Chicago Legend!
Char-Grilled Italian Sausage with that Backyard Barbecue taste served on Delicious Fresh Baked Italian bread.
Double Italian Sausage
Twice the Sausage, Twice the Flavor.
Chicago Hot Dogs
We sell Chicago's own World Famous Vienna Beef Hot Dogs and we served them on a perfectly steamed poppy seed bun. It would not be a true Chicago-Style Hot Dog otherwise. All Hot Dogs are served with a pile of our Fresh Cut French Fries.
with Mustard, Relish, Onion & Sport Peppers (This is the way Chicago's original hot dogs were served. It wasn't until much later in Chicago's hot dog history that restaurants began adding pickles and tomatoes.)
with Mustard, Relish, Onion, Sport Peppers, Tomato & Kosher Pickle Spear
2 Dogs on a single Bun with all your Favorite Toppings
Loaded with our Bean-less Chili topped with Onions. (We make our chili bean-less so the beans don't fall all over your lap when you eat your chili dog. We are very thoughtful that way.)
Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce tops the hot dog.
Chili Cheese Dog
Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce and bean-less Chili are topped with Onions
Our famous Char-Grilled Polish Sausage served on our Steamed Poppy Seed Bun. All Polishes are served with a pile of our Fresh Cut French Fries.
Mustard, Relish, Onion & Sport Peppers (The original way a polish sausage was served on a bun.)