2. Duke's Drive-In (8115 S. Harlem, Bridgeview)

"I always end up sending people to food places. And the place I always end up sending people to is Duke's. My impulse is to say that you must eat a pizza, but you can get pizza anywhere, albeit terrible pizza. But you can't get an Italian beef sandwich anywhere, and almost no place outside of Chicago understands how it's supposed to be made. I love that Duke's isn't a chain. There's nothing fancy about it. People go there for the food. As for the beef, I get mine plain and soaked. Great Italian sausage sandwiches, by the way. At Duke's, they don't go for ambience. And they have toast there. My wife is a vegetarian. She has the toast."
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( Tribune file photo / July 30, 2005 )

"I always end up sending people to food places. And the place I always end up sending people to is Duke's. My impulse is to say that you must eat a pizza, but you can get pizza anywhere, albeit terrible pizza. But you can't get an Italian beef sandwich anywhere, and almost no place outside of Chicago understands how it's supposed to be made. I love that Duke's isn't a chain. There's nothing fancy about it. People go there for the food. As for the beef, I get mine plain and soaked. Great Italian sausage sandwiches, by the way. At Duke's, they don't go for ambience. And they have toast there. My wife is a vegetarian. She has the toast."

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