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475 W Virginia St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-5850
+1 815-459-9150
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10:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 21:00
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Petaluma, California
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204 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in while back in CL for a visit. My hubby had an Italian beef sandwich and fries. As he said "it's just like it used to be" when we would enjoy it in the 1970's and 1980's. That's cool!

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Thank DroolieK
Dallas
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

...because you won't leave that way. Great Italian beefs piled super high. They use Gonnella bread, so you know it's legit. The also make their own giardiniera pepper mix in-house and it's great. The cheese fries were great too. Staff was super friendly. I'd definitely go back.

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Thank Towleway
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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65 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

by far the best roast beef sandwich. nice fresh and hot to go..plenty of meat and great sides,,and great choice of beverages

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Thank janet f
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I like to eat here once in a while. They have good fries and Italian beef. Their hamburgers aren't very good. Fairly inexpensive and the restaurant could use some remodeling/updating.

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Thank lcrib
Saint Louis, Missouri
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The Chicago style dog was good. The staff was friendly and the place look cleaned. Not sure what else you would ask for in a place like this.

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Thank Patrick G
St. Charles, IL
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63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

You've heard of Chicago's Italian Beef but dont know what it is like. Start here and try it. With the experience of a hot room, fan blowing, counter staff drifting in and out, it will give you the experience of the "typical" beef sandwich. I like Mr A's fine, but it is not my favorite of all. Do include "sport... More 

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Thank OtherBeach
Saint Charles, Illinois
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99 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Great little beef stand. Their beef is always top notch. I recently tried an Italian Sausage sandwich. Fantastic. I got mine with giardinieara, which tasted home made. Entire menu is reasonably price. Always fast, friendly service.

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1 Thank Ken C
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I love this restaurant as the food is excellent and it reminds me of my youth going for a beef and a tamale with a great shake. The staff is like dining at home and Mike is a super guy even though he is a Sox fan, ha.

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1 Thank mikemJ6272FA
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

This place has been around for I don't know how long, but I've lived here for almost 35 years. Beefs are great. One beef is like having two. Very generous with the meat. Try them, you will not be disappointed.

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2 Thank amayltk
Crystal Lake
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

I have no idea why I haven't mentioned them before. We've been eating Italian beef sandwiches from Mr. A's for over 25 years, including last week. They are delicious. The juice, bread and mounds of beef make this a monstrous sandwich. The price is right, the sweet peppers are great and for a little zing, get the gardinaire. You'll be... More 

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3 Thank Mike F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Fast food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
10:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 21:00
Thursday
10:30 - 21:00
Friday
10:30 - 21:00
Saturday
10:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 475 W Virginia St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-5850
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Crystal Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 815-459-9150

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?