Name: Bobby’s Charcoal Rib
Location: Niles, IL
Meal: Skirt Steak Sandwich, Fries, Cole Slaw, and a Coke
Type: Sandwich Shop
One of the culinary strengths of Chicago is that every neighborhood can be home a dozen great restaurants all representing different cuisines. Located to the north, Niles is one of the old Chicago suburbs and has the food heritage that comes with it. In determining where to eat during my limited time in Chicago, I kept hearing about Booby’s.
(Let’s just take a moment for the 11-year-old kid in all of us to giggle at the name.)
Booby’s is a old-school, Greek owned counter, service sandwich shop. They serve everything from sandwiches and gyros to salads and the ubiquitous Vienna Beef hot dogs. The star of Booby’s is the steak sandwich, a healthy slice of skirt steak char-grilled, smothered in BBQ sauce, and served plain on crusty bread that has just the right amount of chew to it. The sauce, despite being generously applied, is not overpowering; it provides just the right amount of flavor, letting the grilled taste really shine. Accompanying the meal were fries and cole slaw. Neither of them were too remarkable but that’s not their role, they direct the attention to the sandwich’s simplistic perfection.
As a visitor, and likely a resident, you’ll never have enough time fully explore all that Chicago has to offer your stomach. Booby’s makes my shorter list and I think you’ll agree it is worth it. My only advice, pay cash if there is any concern of Booby’s showing up on your credit card statement.
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