Pressured by poet Carl Sandburg's description of Chicago as the "city of the big shoulders," Second Citizens famously pad their epaulets with fluffy, poppy-seed buns and coils of kielbasa. Enjoy the cuisine of fashion and the fashion of cuisine with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of authentic Chicago-style fare at Wholly Joe's Chicago Eatery, located about a half-hour north of Columbus in Lewis Center.
For 10 years, Wholly Joe's has provided the Columbus metro area with made-to-order Chicago-style eats and treats, saving residents a trip to the eerie, ghost-laden terrain of northeastern Illinois. Joe's uses authentic Chicago-sourced ingredients (including Italian sausage, Italian beef, sport peppers, and Turano Bakery breads) to capture the Windy City's savory, meat-packed cuisine. While Joe's does offer traditional Italian and grill fare—burgers, chicken and fish sandwiches, and pastas—its commitment to the mythic triumvirate of deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and Italian beef is what keeps visitors' salivary glands replacing their th's with d's. The hand-shaped deep-dish pizza ($14.99 for 12", $16.99 for 14") is made from scratch (Chicago's most abundant commodity after political corruption) and can be topped with Second City staples such as Italian sausage, bacon, and hot peppers. Encased-meat enthusiasts can sample an original all-beef hot dog ($2.75) or Polish sausage ($3.35) with mustard, relish, chopped onions, sliced red tomatoes, cucumber, kosher pickle, and sport peppers—all stuffed into a steamed poppy-seed bun like so many cans of beans in a hobo's bindle. The Italian-beef sandwich ($5.39) features a pile of succulent, thinly sliced roast beef on French bread, soaked in the natural juices of its own delicious iniquity, and can be partnered with a side of crinkle-cut fries (regular, $1.89) or a Chicago-style tamale ($1.99).
To conclude your Chi-town meal in a memorable manner, grab a delectable, diet-crashing wedge of chocolate cake ($2.85). Or swipe a refreshing sip of frozen Italian lemonade (regular, $2.79) to cool off during summer's Thursday-night classic-car cruises. Relive a bygone era of a bygone city lost to the sands of time and Stanley Cup celebrations with today's Groupon to Wholly Joe's Chicago Eatery.
- This is as if you are right in da windy city eating da best dawgs in da world!!!!!! Seriously having lived in Chicago and longing for some real food after moving here, this is an oasis of great Chicago style food. – aosdana, Citysearch
- I just recently found this place and I was pleasantly surprised by the Italian beef sandwich. If you've had one in dowtown [sic] Chicago and are looking for the real deal here in Columbus, try this place. – adamjmark, Citysearch
- I have been visiting here regularly for the past 3 years. If you want a "place where they know your name" and care.... it's Wholly Joe's!! – Steve H., Yelp
1182 E Powell Rd.
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035Get Directions