Chicago Eatz, located on Ward Avenue just across from the Neal S. Blaisdell arena, serves Chicago-influenced food -- out of a bus. Joe, the owner and cook, is originally from Chicago, so I was pretty excited to try this place out.
Joe's bus is adorned with Chicago sports team logos and a flat-screen TV (to watch sports, of course!). He serves several classic Chicago items, such as the deep-dish pizza, the Italian beef sandwich, and the Chicago hot dog.
I went with their "Mix & Match Cubbies" sampler platter ($7). A person can choose three of the following: Italian Beef sandwich, Chicago dog, Gyro, or a Super Taco, obviously all in a smaller, more sample-size portion. I really loved the presentation: three mini sandwiches inside a takeout box.
|"Mix & Match Cubbies"|
(Chicago Dog, Italian Beef Sandwich, Gyro)
Next, the "mini" Gyro. The strips of the beef/lamb hybrid were juicy, tender, and seasoned beautifully. Extra points for the homemade creamy, refreshing tzatziki (cucumber and dill with yogurt). I think some cucumber slices (perhaps just a couple for the mini gyro) could give this one a little more color. It's real good the way it is, though.
Finally, I chose the mini Italian Beef Sandwich. I'm gonna pat myself on the back for choosing this one. The chipped beef just wanted to melt in my mouth. The hot-pepper Giardiniera brought a slight hint of spice that I crave. I swear, as I was eating this sandwich, I felt the essence of a meaty Chicago pizza. It's a ghost Chicago deep-dish inside this sandwich, I tell ya! The sandwich roll here was light and fluffy, and almost wanted to disintegrate while I inhaled this bad boy. But of course, nothing gets past me.
I hope to return in the future. I'd love to get that deep-dish pizza next time (call-in orders encouraged, since the wait time is apparently around 10 minutes). Go to Chicago Eatz and try Joe's food today! 8.5/10
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