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Buona Beef

by User ImageMatt B on March 20th, 2008

As I've said before, I'm not usually one to write up chain restaurants or businesses. They seem to do well enough of their own advertising. But some places, like Buona Beef, are located only in the Chicago area and draw in plenty of locals and visitors.

buona beefBuona Beef is a hit with many Chicago suburbanites. Each of the chain's 11 locations offer an almost-daunting long list of dishes to choose from, including paninis, sandwiches, salads, soups, and pizza. However, one of my rules when it comes to dining is this: If there's a food in the name above the door, order that. Needless to say, your safest bet here is the Italian Beef.

The beef is a result of the family's original recipe that has been bringing the restaurant success since it opened in 1981. Dry or dripping wet, covered with cheese or peppers, you can't go wrong. Combine it with some Italian sausage, and you've got a one-two punch of great flavor. If you still have room left, desserts include cookies, brownies, and cannoli.

Buona Beef proves that good Chicago food can sometimes be found outside the Chicago city limits.

For a full list of locations, hours, and menu, check out http://www.buona.com/

Photo credit (via Flickr): snacksforwexler

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