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American, Fast food, Deli
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Delivery, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I ate less than half my sandwich then threw it out. I love warm corned beef on rye, but this rye was closer to Wonder Bread. Worse, the "Mile High Hot Corned Beef" wasn't especially large, although that didn't matter because it was among the...poorest quality I've ever had, anywhere. We like finding local neighborhood joints but this was just awful. My wife's Italian Sub sandwich, another "House Specialty" was equally bad, with poor-quality meats. I brought some friends here on a layover from nearby O'Hare and was really embarrassed. I don't know where they're getting the "Chicago's Finest" TV thing, it can't possibly be for the quality of the sandwiches. We sat at a table outside, at the corner of the filthy expressway overpass. At least you can buy bitcoins at the ATM machine. If that's what you're looking for from your delis....More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 27 May 2021

Haven't been in a while. Got a craving for hot pastrami sandwich never had one here.so when the place I wanted to go to was closed I looked them up. Gave them a cal and ordered. Hopped in my car and drove there. It was...busy but my sandwich was ready. It was.expensive and I thought "this better be worth it". Omg, So Worth It!!! Piled high hot pastrami on great tasting rye, melt in you mouth tender! And the taste was out of this world!! Best tasting sandwich I've had in a long time. I'll be back for sure!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 December 2020

ordered 3 entrees all had grit like the kind found in clams. neck bone was in freezer too long. meatball was under cooked, stuffed melrose pepper were mini green peppers threw $60 order in garbage

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 24 June 2020

Went there today 2 ham sandwiches 24.00 Ask for extra meat got all of 2 slices total Thay charged for pickles This went down hill big time i wont be back that is for sure

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 19 April 2020 via mobile

Loved their corned beef sandwich. It reminds a real Italian shop of other times (I moved from Italy to Chicago 20 years ago) and the smells, flavors and smiles remind me of home. Thank you guys

Date of visit: April 2020
Reviewed 29 March 2020 via mobile

All around excellent subs - this unassuming place makes a very addictive sandwich. There’s a lot to choose from and it’s hand sliced right there as you order. The oil is magical and makes the sandwich heavenly. Work sends me all over the upper midwest...and good delis can be hard to find, so every time there’s projects in this area I have to stop in...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 5 December 2019

Great sandwiches! I had the Italian mix - the bread was fresh and the meat and cheese portions were generous and fresh too. I visited on a Tuesday and also had to try the daily special the Italian Beef (the iconic Chicago sandwich). The massive...pile of juicy, tender thin slices of roast beef were delicious. The sub roll was sufficiently moistened by the beef pan juices (Personal preference - I would ask for an extra dunk of the sub in the meat juices, and spicy giardiniera) Efficient counter service. All in all - a great place with excellent subs.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 5 November 2019 via mobile

We had dinner at an Italian restaurant recommended to us by the manager of the hotel we were in for a business trip. After dinner the server asked if we want dessert and I asked if they had cannolis. She said unfortunately they do not...and if I wanted something very good we should go to Al and Jose’s and speak to Gianna. We took our Uber ride there, it is a neighborhood deli that we had no idea how great Gianna or her hospitality were. We arrived asked for cannolis showed us the case everyone ordered one we went and sat in the restaurant/bar next-door had a cocktail and enjoyed the scrumptious cannolis. It was later in the evening and Gianna came over to speak to us and we formed a wonderful friendship over food which is what life is truly about!! Thank you Gianna, cannot wait to return to Chicago to get more of your food and your friendship.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 12 November 2018

Great Italian sub with plenty of meat and cheese. Well made and worth the price. Not too much toppings or oil.....just right. Bread is perfect for the sub and very fresh. Does not disappoint.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Many good choices of all types of sandwiches. Pizza by the slice, soups, salads and desserts. One of my favorite sandwiches is "The Herbie" a pumped up version of the Italian Sub.

Date of visit: October 2018
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AL & Joe's Delicatessen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3