Long before the apotheosis of food trucks, Chicago was a city where a person could eat extremely well without picking up a knife and fork. Here is a day’s worth of utensil-free deliciousness, starting with spectacular donuts at Firecakes. No eating tour of the city would be complete without a fully dressed red hot (at Superdawg) or an Italian beef sandwich (at Johnnie’s), as well as a corned beef sandwich (at the Corned Beef Factory). While all of the above are frequently consumed standing up, a seat is necessary to plow into a deep-dish pizza at Pizzeria Uno (where, in fact, a fork can come in handy).
The donut, the whole donut, and nothing but the donut. That's what Chicago's Firecakes is all about: some of the best donuts anywhere.
A restaurant created by a genuine corned beef factory, this little gem makes great cured-meat sandwiches, plus Italian beef & Chicago hot dogs.
Forget Uno outlets in other cities. The original is in a class by itself, its pizzas a virtual crustbowl of sauce, cheese, and superb sausage. A Chicago best.
Is this the best Chicago sandwich ever? Johnnie's Italian beef delivers juicy garlic kick; add vibrant giardiniera and you'll hear angels sing.
Of all the great hot dog joints in Chicago, Superdawg might be the greatest. It's certainly the most fun, and the dogs (& burgers & shakes) are unsurpassed.