Review: Bobby G's Chicago EateryJanuary 28, 2010
True story: I am a horrible person who left Bobby G’s Chicago Eatery’s first location in Alpharetta after reviewing the menu and deeming it “unworthy” because deep dish pizza is not an option. In my defense, that is what I was seriously craving. But I am a moron because I never thought about going there for anything else. It’s somewhat out of the way, even when Joe lived in Alpharetta, so after he moved a couple months later I never really thought of it again.
Fast forward to November when I decided that I need Chicago food. I go to their website. I see OPENING SOON: LINDBERGH CITY CENTER LOCATION. I freak out. I CAN WALK THERE.
Except that Sunday night it was pouring rain, so I passed on that. It’s not bad to park over in the parking garage (compact car spaces are awesome!) as when you turn on Main St., it’s pretty obvious on the right. Plus, parking is free in there for two hours. Getting out though is a pain in the ass, especially if you’d like to go north on Piedmont upon leaving, as the first light you reach upon turning light says no u turn, since it’s the one way street west on Lindbergh. ANNOYING.
The inside is a glorious homage to Chicago. Pictures, signs, newspaper front pages, you name it, it’s covering the walls.
I like that there is a random ring of light on Rod Blagojevich’s head. Kind of hard to see because it’s small and since it’s from my phone, it only looks good small.
You order at the counter, and if you eat there, you will get a Chicago related number for your table, ranging from sports teams to buildings.
The food is all very Chicago: Vienna beef hot dogs, Italian beef and Polish and Italian sausage sandwiches, gyros, thin crust Chicago style pizzas (far inferior to deep dish, :P), and chocolate covered frozen bananas! There are plenty of toppings for Italian beef sandwiches and pizzas. I of course had to go with an Italian beef, which I took home.
It was wrapped in foil wrapped in butcher paper…and the oil from the hot giardiniera still managed to soak through. Good signs. Giardiniera is one of the add ons for a sandwich, only $.25 and you get plenty of it. The sandwich was also larger than I was hoping for, and better than I ever imagined.
I never really ate Italian beef while I lived in Chicago because I was a weird little kid. But, I did have a sandwich last time I was there, from Buona Beef (blah blah chain don’t care), and it was absolutely delicious. This sandwich from Bobby G’s was spot on with that one, if not better. The sandwich was super juicy, and every bite made spicy. The bread, oh man, I could definitely tell that it was Gonnella bread. Even bites of all bread were delicious.
I am going to be over here all the time now that I know it’s open.
I am going to be trying everything. My mom wants to come visit soon and we will probably have to go to Bobby G’s and then she will be begging to visit again.