Review: Sluggers World Class Sports BarAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Chicago, IL, On The Road
Sluggers World Class Sports Bar
3450 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Tucked less than a quarter mile southeast of Wrigley Field on Clark Street, this place is a perfect place for a pregame bite to eat and a few Old Style beers prior to a Cubs game. Friends and I go here every time we go to a game out of tradition and since I was in Chicago recently for a game (see my prior Wiener’s Circle review), we continued our tradition with a visit.
What I Got: Italian Beef Sandwich with fries $8.25.
If you are a regular blog reader, I’m sure you are stunned that I got an Italian beef sandwich, but what can I say, I’m addicted.
To mix it up, I got the sandwich served with the au jus, sweet peppers and giardiniera peppers served on the side and that was a mistake. The only way to order an Italian beef sandwich is “wet” and I certainly won’t make that mistake again.
Anyway, the taste of this sandwich was not bad. The meat was tender, although slightly dry (had I gotten it wet, this would have not been an issue). The peppers were both sweet and spicy (giardiniera) and very flavorful. The roll, while not fresh, was also not stale and was the a nice compliment to the beef. While it’s not the best Italian beef I’ve ever had, it certainly does the trick. Other than issues caused by my mistake in ordering, my only complaint about the sandwich itself is that Slugger’s beef is sort of bland. I prefer a much bigger peppery kick in my Italian beef and this sandwich didn’t (and never really does) have it.
Would I Buy It Again? Sure, I would do it. Like I said, it’s not the best Italian beef sandwich ever, but you certainly can’t go wrong ordering it. Plus, the sandwich is huge and when they serve it with fries, you are really getting a ton of food for a reasonable price. It also certainly doesn’t hurt that this place less than a quarter mile from the ballpark and is an Indiana University supporting bar, so being surrounded by things supporting my alma mater give this place a nice home away from home feel to it.
I don’t know if I would say this place is world class like its name claims, but if you ever go to a Cubs game and don’t have a “home” bar that you like to frequent, give this place a shot. It also has a dueling piano bar and a batting cage (neither of which I’ve ever frequented, but I want to give the batting cage a shot in the future), so there’s plenty to do here. Also, the bar is non-smoking since it is in Chicago and since it is in Illinois, underage people can enter the bar as well.