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Luke's Italian beef - another location


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Luke's Italian beef - another location

George R | Mar 3, 2004 06:22 PM

Luke’s on Jackson boulevard in downtown Chicago has occasionally been mentioned in discussions of Italian beef. Today I found another Luke’s located in northwest suburban Lake Zurich. The two places are related; when I asked the cashier about it she smiled and said that her uncle owned the one on Jackson.

The beef sandwich was good. It didn’t match my top tier of Johnnie’s (Elmwood Park), Carm’s (Hillside – NOT Polk Street) or Patio (Taylor Street), but it’s a good sandwich which will satisfy lovers of Italian beef.

I ordered it dipped with sweet and hot on the side. It also came with an extra cup of the tasty juice. The sweet peppers suffered from the slight bitterness which affects so many Italian beef places. The Giardinera was surprisingly low on heat and the oil seemed thick. Not among the best, but the basics of beef, juice and bread were good.

My son ordered an Italian sausage sandwich which was one of the biggest I’d seen, sticking far out of both ends of the roll. It was good, though it didn’t match Johnnie’s charcoal-grilled sausage.

The fries were good McDonald’s-style.

Luke’s has an interesting side option for $1.05 – “gravy dip” – juice with bread for those who just want a snack. Cool!

Italian beef $4.10
Italian sausage $3.40
Combo $4.80
Special: Add $2.30 to have your sandwich with a medium drink and small fries

They also have burger, hot dogs, subs, gyros, pizza, etc.

I’ve heard there’s also a Luke’s in Lake Bluff. Anyone know anything about it?

Tony’s Luke's Chicago Style Sandwiches
193 S. Rand Road
Lake Zurich

Luke’s Italian Beef
215 W. Jackson

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