Today was one nice day, I am working in the bedford park area and today didnt have to go in until 3 to give a seminar to the night shift. So I opened and started filling my pool, took my time ,and figured I would make a stop at Johnny's on my way to bedford park with my contingency being onion roll or my first trial of Alpine. apparently I was not the only one who took note of the weather as the line was 1/2 way down the picnic tables which may have been tolerable but no parking within a block. So since I would have ended up parking by Alpine I figured it an omen and went in to try one.
Alpine had about 5 customers and I think almost as much coutner help so i didnt wait long to give an order even though I drew #30. When I rate my places I always use the standard house specialty with no options in order to keep apples compared to apples.Usually its called an Italian Sub but here I ordered "the Alpine" medium size, around 4 bucks. As soon as the guy put it in my hand I took notice of its very light weight, so perhaps I was biased at that point. But with the exception of the dressing it tasted just like the ones we make at home with meat and cheese from riv or caputo(MP). The dressing was unique and I liked it a lot, but in my opinion the sandwich I had was strictly run of the mill.
Am I missing something or did I order the wrong sandwich? I tried to find an old post but couldnt and I thought Alpine was always mentioned with the same reverence as Riv and bari.
I did see that Alpine offered all kinds of other sandwiches and a better man than me walked out with a sub so large you could row a canoe with it.
So I am hoping someone here can straighten me out or give me the secret handshake on this place. As it stands now my list of favorites remains unchanged
1st Tie- Al & Joes, Franklin Park & Riviera on harlem
2nd- Bari Foods Grand Ave
3rd - Caputo Cheese Mkt Melrose Park
4th Nottoli on Belmont
5th -Some Little Bakery (Vito's, Luigi's?) -25th Ave,Franklin Park, across street from Leyden HS- A very good foccacia sub the size of a small cake,chips drink 5 bucks, try and get the old women to be the one to make it for you