There are certain things that I really miss about living in and near the city. Certain foods are one of the big ones. You can get the best Chicago Pizza just about anywhere, but a good hot dog stand and a really good (authentic- Chicago Style) Italian Beef are harder to find.
When we have a craving for some good old Chicago street food we would usually hit up Portillos, it’s yummy, don’t get me wrong, we love it. It’s a chain though, and couldn’t touch the homemade taste of an authentic Chicago Italian Beef from our favorite Italian Deli in the city.
That was until we meet Sammie’s.
Sammie’s is an unassuming little hot dog stand in Grayslake (with locations in Round Lake and Lake Villa as well). What might not look like much on the outside, has the hands down best Italian Beef in all of suburbia. Pretty good hot dogs too, my kids love them! They serve only Vienna Beef Hot Dogs and are actually in the Vienna Beef hall of fame. Sammie’s has been family owned and operated since it opened in Chicago in 1964. You can tell that this family is passionate about food and good service! We have honestly never had anything but friendly service and excellent food.
This is a no-frills hot dog stand. There are no games or toys to keep the kids entertained, just good food. It can be crowded at lunch so go early (or late) or take out. My kids don’t mind the lack of entertainment because the food is so good and they can watch cars and trucks through the window. We frequently pick it up on our way home after a long day and eat it at home.
If your looking for some seriously good Chicago street food, this is the place to go!
799 Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, Il. 60030
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