Results of Beefathon II will be posted by D Dickson when he has completed tabulating results. At this point, I'll stick to general comments. To see the discussions leading up to Beefathon II, go to the events calendar and click on "Italian beef tasting - june 26."
Attending "Beefathon II - the Western Suburbs" were VI (the Mayor-in-exile), David Hammond, Flip, Steve Z, DDickson and George R. It began at Carm's in Hillside with a moving ceremony.
Steve Z had, like many before him, taken one for the team by eliminating the egregious Beefee's from consideration for the Beefathon. In honor of his sacrifice he was presented with a MAJOR AWARD (if you've seen the move "Christmas Story" you'll know what I'm talking about).
The Mayor reads a proclamation to Steve Z
The Mayor congratulates Steve Z as Hammond looks on, while Dickson and Flip (background) think of Beef
For his contribution, Steve Z was awarded "A Purple Heart (and any other edible organ meats) with Grape Leaf clusters."
We then proceeded to the important stuff
Carm's staff was warm and friendly, especially after I told them how much I liked the original Carm's on south Cicero Avenue back in the 50's. The consensus was that Carm's was a worthy addition to the Pantheon of Chicago Beef places. I also bought a couple of beef sandwiches for my son who had to work that day.
A leisurely drive took us to Italian Beef icon Johnnie's in Elmwood Park where we were joined by Seth Z.
Flip, Seth Z (almost hidden), VI, Hammond, Steve Z, Dickson
Notice eager hands waiting to grab once the photographer has done his business
All agreed Johnnie's continues to produce a fine beef sandwich. As a bouche amusee (or should it be a gut amusee?), Seth Z also bought one of Johnnie's fine sausage sandwiches which was shared by all. The only downside was when we (as usual) asked for peppers and extra juice on the side. The juice Nazi at the counter said "no juice" in tones meaning "don't bother me any more."
Before we left, I again picked up a beef sandwich for my son.
Next stop was Buona's, only a half mile east in Oak Park.
Buona's has a respectable product, especially for a chain.
Then we headed north to Frannie's in Schiller Park where we snagged an outdoor table.
Al Fresco dining at Frannie's
Frannie's was noteworthy for it's outstanding atmosphere and skin-on fries.
Hammond can't wait to get at the food
Here's the stuff
Final stop was Jay's, just a mile west on Irving Park Road
The beef here was a disappointment, so there were a few remnants left.
After the beef