Chicago is known for three foods: Chicago style pizza, Chicago style hot dogs and Italian beef. In my opinion, Italian beef is clearly the best of the three. I happened upon Jay’s Beef one day when I was in the area to help a friend move. I was a bit hungover and needed some energy so I could carry boxes and couches. I was searching for a suitable location and my options were Al’s Beef and Jay’s Beef. Of course, I had Al’s before, and of course, chose to try anything else.
Jay’s has a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Every time I’ve been there, golf is on TV. The Italian beef is very good – not too wet, not too dry. The best part is the giardiniera, which is not typical and something I’ve never seen before. Typical giardiniera consists of sport peppers, celery, carrots and cauliflower. I put it on hot dogs, sausages and pizza. However, Jay’s giardiniera simply consists of jalapeños and celery and is even better. They have other typical menu items like hot dogs, burgers, polish sausages, etc.
Jay’s is a family owned and operated business and the staff is always very friendly. It’s good stuff – go eat there!