The sandwich engineers at Rammy's Sub Contractors infuse savory breadstacks with house-made chipotle mayo and horseradish mayo. Meat mavens slow-roast Italian beef to lay the foundation for sandwiches including the Rammy's Radical, which houses a potent triumvirate of pesto, garlic spread, and provolone cheese. Guests can order at a counter backed with orange and black construction stripes, then settle into booths to dig into gargantuan oven-baked sandwiches with the help of tableside forklifts.
Shelby Campbell’s executive chef Carolyn Stec decorates plates with a menu of upscale twists on classic pub fare. An extensive beer list supplies sudsy refreshments and fuel for conversations about moon lassoing with bottles ($3.25–$6.25) and pints ($4.25–$5.25) that complement any entree, including the Steak Shelby’s ($18.95) a 12-ounce rib eye basted with wild-mushroom butter and served with fried onions and mashed potatoes. Pizzas ($7.95–$18.95) create saucy foodscapes with seven types of cheese, seven varieties of meaty morsel, and fruits and veggies to stoke palate imaginations. For bellies seeking an old standby, the hearty Shelby burger ($8.95) dresses for the occasion in applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and a choice of cheese, with a mushroom-butter cummerbund.
The Gomez family members first chose to share their family-style Mexican cooking with the Chicagoland area in 1992, founding Los Arcos Mexican Grill. Currently, the family's restaurant empire includes four locations, each of which shares a similar dedication to Mexican and Tex-Mex comfort foods. The chefs make all of the tamales and soups in-house, rounding out the selection with a traditional assortment of tacos, burritos, tortas, fajitas, tostadas, chimichangas, and more. However, they also demonstrate their willingness to create inventive new dishes. This is readily apparent in the menu's signature item: the hollowed out half of a grilled pineapple filled with pineapple pieces, onion, red peppers, jalapeños, and either shrimp and octopus or chicken and skirt steak.