Back in January JSM recommended the Italian beef at Quick Bite at the corner of Foster and Western, I finally got a chance to try QB's Italian beef yesterday and, as JSM said it was quite good. A very large, and I do mean very large, garlicky flavorful beef with a nice hit of oregano. The beef, fries, skinny, crisp and an unrealistically large portion, and a soda came to $5.81 inc tax.
Only minor complaint was that the beef seemed a smidgen dry and the bread was horrid, chewy to the point of elasticity, though I am 100% sure on a day when the temp isn't 90° with high humidity the bread will be quite acceptable. QB also gets a big plus for their giardiniera, a nice mix of peppers, carrots, olives, cauliflower, celery and a few other vegies I am forgetting.
QB has 7-8 stools inside for seating and no air conditioning, don't sit near the door, it slams shut every time someone enters or exits.
Another Italian Beef place I tried recently is Tore's at Diversey and Western. Tore's also serves a very large beef sandwich and a nice sized order of fries. The beef was good, though a bit short on overall flavor and the fries were of the skinny type, but nicely done. Tore's giardiniera is of the standard Chicago style. Tore's has quite a bit of inside seating, but is not a full service restaurant.
I got Tore's #6 Combo, Italian beef, fries and a large soda for $5.10, not including tax.
Both Tore's and QB offer excellent value for your beef dollar, extra large sandwiches and very serviceable beef.
5155 N Western Ave
2804 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618