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    Post #1 - November 26th, 2019, 9:55 am
    Post #1 - November 26th, 2019, 9:55 am Post #1 - November 26th, 2019, 9:55 am
    New place just opened on Elston about 20 feet south of Irving Park. Featuring sandwiches from the Midwest, place is exactly what this neighborhood needs.

    Tried it last night and it was really really good. I went with the fried chicken sandwich which was a thigh with pickles and a maple chipotle mayo on a buttery bun. Outstanding. Better than HBFC.

    Lots of cool looking things on the menu....breaded pork tenderloin, steak and potato, Detroit Coney dog, roast turkey breast with stuffing and cranberry and several more.

    Finally after 11 years of living in the area we have a really good gourmet sandwich place.

    JT's Genuine Sandwich Shop
    3970 N. Elston
    Chicago, IL 60618
    Closed Sundays
  • Post #2 - November 26th, 2019, 11:57 am
    Post #2 - November 26th, 2019, 11:57 am Post #2 - November 26th, 2019, 11:57 am
    This is great! I’ve been studying their concept and compiling a list.

    I had heard a month or so ago that they were planning to open.

    Maybe we can see a few of our other favorites popup? :)

    Regional Favorites

    Indiana, Iowa = Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich
    Wisconsin = Beer Bratwurst
    Nebraska = Runza (Bierock)
    Indiana = Zel’s Roast Beef (w/Peperoncini)
    Iowa = Guinea Grinder
    Michigan = Pasty’s
    Ohio = Romanburger
    Maine = Lobster Roll
    Michigan, Ohio = Coney Dog
    Toledo = Hungarian Hotdog
    Philadelphia = Cheesesteak
    Southern Illinois = Horseshoe
    Iowa (Maid-Rite), Indiana = loose meat sandwich
    Florida = Cubano
    Chicago = Jim Shoo
    Kentucky = Hot Brown Sandwich
    Mexico = Sonoran Hotdog
    New York = Push Cart and Coney Hotdogs

    I actually have some business in the area soon and I am looking forward to visiting.

    Hopefully they don’t go too far ‘Gourmet’ as many of these sandwiches are rather simple and common.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #3 - November 27th, 2019, 4:16 am
    Post #3 - November 27th, 2019, 4:16 am Post #3 - November 27th, 2019, 4:16 am
    shakes wrote:New place just opened on Elston about 20 feet south of Irving Park. Featuring sandwiches from the Midwest, place is exactly what this neighborhood needs.
    Thanks for posting, sounded interesting so went with the bride for lunch.

    J.T.’s has an wide ranging selection of sandwiches. I dug my roast pork and broccoli rabe with provolone, bride enjoyed her chili. We split a tasty natural casing dog. Big selection, comfortable space, friendly sincere owner, lots of street parking. Can't wait to go back.

    JT's Genuine Sandwich Shop, count me a fan!

    JTsP1.jpg JT's Genuine Sandwich

    JTsP3.jpg Roast pork and broccoli rabe

    JTsP2.jpg Chili and fries

    JTsP4.jpg Roast pork, hot dog

    JTsP5.jpg Interior

    JTsP8.jpg Menu
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  • Post #4 - November 27th, 2019, 7:05 am
    Post #4 - November 27th, 2019, 7:05 am Post #4 - November 27th, 2019, 7:05 am
    Thank you very much for the report.
    I hope the pork and rabe sandwich was as good as Dinic's in Philly!
  • Post #5 - November 27th, 2019, 8:13 am
    Post #5 - November 27th, 2019, 8:13 am Post #5 - November 27th, 2019, 8:13 am
    chainey wrote:I hope the pork and rabe sandwich was as good as Dinic's in Philly!
    JT's version was very good, not quite Dinic's or John's Roast Pork, both of which I've been, but really tasty and I scoured my plate for scraps when the sandwich was gone.

    Chris, owner/chef, of JT's, mentioned he uses pork loin instead of shoulder as he buys pork loin to pound for the pork tenderloin and wants to minimize products for now, so, while by no means dry, and the meat was cooked perfectly, it could have been a little richer for my taste. The greens were great, the bride suggested he offer those as a stand-alone side dish.

    The other thing I noticed JT's uses sliced provolone, Dinic's/John's chipped off pieces of aged provolone. Chris said he plans on using aged provolone in the future.

    Let me point out the above are nits and picks, the sandwich was terrific, for one week in business the place was smooth, people looked happy, as were we, and they were pretty busy for a new joint mid-week lunch.

    JT's has excellent attention to detail, I can't wait to go back.

    JTsP7.jpg Chris Cunningham, owner/chef JT's
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  • Post #6 - May 13th, 2020, 6:49 pm
    Post #6 - May 13th, 2020, 6:49 pm Post #6 - May 13th, 2020, 6:49 pm
    JT's had been closed for the safety of the staff at the start of the lockdown, but they reopened May 1st with just Chris working by himself in the kitchen. He has an abbreviated schedule and menu and is only taking orders through their website for now.

    We ordered yesterday and found the process to be very safe and easy. Chris has a table set up right outside their door with clear instructions to call when you arrive and stay a safe distance from the table. Then he brought out our order and placed it on the table for us to take away.

    We had the breaded pork tenderloin, JT's special burger, and the regular fries. Fries stayed crisp and hot in the 10-15 minutes it took us to get them back home. Breaded pork was fried perfectly and the burger really hit the spot. We'll definitely be back again before (and after) this is all over.
  • Post #7 - June 24th, 2020, 5:24 pm
    Post #7 - June 24th, 2020, 5:24 pm Post #7 - June 24th, 2020, 5:24 pm
    Just ordered a few things from here and it hit the spot. Roast pork w broccoli raab is fantastic! Chicago style dog as a side was nicely executed too!
  • Post #8 - August 1st, 2020, 6:45 pm
    Post #8 - August 1st, 2020, 6:45 pm Post #8 - August 1st, 2020, 6:45 pm
    JT's Genuine pork tenderloin sandwich lunch was fantastic, crunchy juicy Huge on a well-managed toasted bun with pickle, mustard and onion. Side salad had Sport Peppers! Chris mentioned the salad had all the ingredients of a Chicago hot dog run through the garden so why not sport peppers. Genius!

    Chris chef/owner is a great guy, friendly, easy going, puts out a tip-top product and efficient without being brusque. Comfortable outdoor seating, quality / deliciousness for cost off the charts, good hot sauce and soda selection. I sense obsession with J T's creeping up.

    Edit:
    Outdoor seating is around the side, the entrance to JT's is set up for well managed social distancing pickup.


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