The USDA's food pyramid traditionally puts bread on the bottom because some of the most savory suppers are best served on buns. Snare some bunned fare with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $18 worth of casual Chicago-style eats and drinks at Johnny Chicago's in Midtown.
Seeking shelter in a steamed poppy-seed bun, Johnny Chicago's hot Midwestern meats find refuge on the corner of Old Seward and 36th Avenue. The down-to-earth menu presents a panoply of proteins for carnivores to consider, along with a variety of veggie options. Traditional Chicago-style dogs ($3.95) are outfitted with "the works": tomatoes, pickles, onions, bright green relish, peppers, yellow mustard, and a dash of celery salt. Gorgonzilla, a gorgonzola-topped veggie patty wreaking havoc on hunger and skyscrapers ($5.75), makes palate-pals with Johnny's venerated sweet-potato fries ($3.45 for large). Symphonies of colorful salads await those seeking beneficial bites.
- Johnny Chicago's is fast food in look and efficiency only. It does favorites better than the quick-serve giants, offers a menu filled out by some American hand-food archetypes and delivers across-the-board consistency and quality that all restaurants should strive for. – Josh Niva, Anchorage Daily News
- As a displaced Chicagoan, I can tell you this is where I go to get my fix. They have all the Chicago standards, and it's done well. – Snodraken, Urbanspoon
Foodie John Mayser dined his way around the world while serving in the United States Air Force, but as he told the Anchorage Daily News, he never found a replacement for the Italian and Chicago-style dishes he grew up with. He cut his teeth and several hundred hot dog buns running a food truck before settling in at Johnny Chicago’s, a casual sit-down restaurant that specializes in authentic Windy City fare. For the past three years, the menu has drawn in diners with its italian-beef sandwiches—served dry, wet, or dipped—and hickory-smoked vienna franks piled high with the works: mustard, relish, onion, tomato wedges, sport peppers, pickle, and celery salt. Recently, Johnny Chicago's rolled out three authentic types of pizza—light and airy Sicilian, towering Chicago-style deep dish, and classic New York-style thin crust—that stand ready to tempt palates with homemade sauce and heaps of high-quality ingredients.
Online food descriptions present a full history of each Chicago-based eat, as well as the proper technique for throwing it at a disgraced politician.