CHI-TOWN CHICAGO STYLE EATERY
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Don't miss the Chi-Town Chicago Style Eatery. A hidden Lake Travis restaurants gem.
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Austin Restaurant Reviews - 5 Star Chicago style sandwich shop

BEST CHICAGO STYLE
SANDWICH SHOP IN AUSTIN

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BEST CHICAGO HOT DOG

Austin Restaurant Reviews - 5 Star Italian Beef Sandwich

BEST CHICAGO STYLE
ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICH

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BEST BET IN LAKE TRAVIS

Chi-Town is the most authentic Chicago style sandwich shop in Austin and the best I've eaten in Texas. My husband was born in Chicago and raised on pizza, hot dogs, Italian Beef and Italian Sausage sandwiches. The old boy can tell the pretenders from the genuine article with a mere sniff and a glance.

When he gives his verdict on Chicago hot dogs or Italian Beef sandwiches, his opinion comes from knowledge and years of experience eating at every major pizzeria and sandwich shop in the Chicagoland area.

Just like barbecue has been elevated to a cult status in Texas with endless arguments about the best ribs, best brisket, the same is true in Chicago of their hot dogs and especially the Italian Beef sandwich. Which is only found in the Chicago area.

So when he bites into his "dipped" and drippin' Italian Beef sandwich and can't chew for smiling, you can bet his taste buds are having a State Street deja vu.

So here it is. The verdict from a real Chicagoan...

"The Chicago hot dog is perfect. The tastiest, freshest I have ever eaten anywhere. The Italian Beef could compete with the Chicago legends. Genuine Vienna 100% beef Chicago hot dogs and Fontanini Italian beef. Gonnella bread for the beef and poppy seed buns cradling the hot dog. For the uninitiated, have the Italian Beef sandwich "dipped" in the au jus. Don't worry, the Gonnella bread will not fall apart. Ask for extra napkins. Italian Beef sandwiches are meant to be eaten wet."

The Italian Beef sandwich at Chi-Town.

The Italian Beef sandwich at Chi-Town is perfection.
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Unlike many of the legendary Chicago sandwich joints, this place is sparkling clean. The staff is remarkably fast, friendly and gracious. Which is another Texas size improvement over the joints in Chicago my husband has taken me to in the past.

By far and away my favorite sandwich shop in the entire Austin area. The Italian Beef is in a dead heat tie with Ruby's BBQ chopped beef sandwich for best sandwiches in Austin!

Chi-Town's dining room.

I had to get here at 3 p.m. to get
this shot without a crowd of people.
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Chi-Town's outdoor picnic tables.

Sign of a genuine Chicago style eatery, Vienna Beef hot dogs.
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Here's my recommendation. Visit at about 2 p.m. after the noon rush. Order the Italian Beef and Chicago Dog special. Sit back and take your time. Savor every bite. You're in for a treat. Austin's new Chi-Town Chicago Style Eatery has the same Austin funky vibe as Chuy's original (Barton Springs Rd.), Dirty Martin's, Ruby's BBQ and Artz Rib House. I eat here weekly. It feels good. Need I say more? Okay, I'll get specific. When in Lakeway, forego the sushi, spaghetti, pizza, gumbo, BBQ and Chinese. EAT AT CHI-TOWN... FABULOUS.

2101 Ranch Rd. 620 North (3 buildings south of Texas Custom Choppers)
Austin, TX 78734
(512) 266-1140
www.eatchitown.com/
Specials posted on Chi-Town's Facebook Page

Hours: Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Located: On Ranch Rd. 620 N. -- From Hwy. 71 in Bee Cave it's 6.3 miles north on the right side of road. -- From Mansfield Dam it's 2.9 miles south on the left side.
Attire: casual
Alcohol: Beer
Price Range: $

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