The secret art of a J.P. Graziano sandwich

J.P. Graziano makes hundreds of sandwiches a day in Chicago. “Iron Chef Gauntlet” contender Sarah Grueneberg finds out what makes their Italian sandwiches winners. Source: CNN

Chicago’s hottest foodie ‘hood with the Great Lakes’ best chef

Chicago (CNN) — Dodging a forklift is getting less and less likely in Chicago’s trendy West Loop neighborhood. The once-ubiquitous vehicles whizzing around with pallets of raw meat, vegetables and dry goods in this historic meatpacking and wholesale market district have almost completely given way to cranes, construction crews and restaurants — lots of them. … Continued

Bread Winners: From NOLA’s best po’boy to a braised oxtail French dip in Portland, here are the best sandwiches from coast to coast

Some might call it a crime to choose the crunchiest po’boy in New Orleans, the butteriest lobster roll in Maine and the meatiest roast pork in Philadelphia, but we look at this challenge as a great honor. Sure, it isn’t easy to weed out the absolute best from the very, very good, but when it … Continued

How giardiniera crossed an ocean to become Chicago’s favorite condiment

Everyone understands the risk of handing a Chicagoan ketchup, so what’s the right condiment to pass? That’s easy. Giardiniera. (Say it with me, “jar-din-air-ah.”) It’s the quintessential Chicago condiment, one that’s as brazen and boisterous as the city itself. This fiery mix contains some combination of pickled chiles, celery, cauliflower, carrots and olives submerged in … Continued

Food and Drink the Chicago Tribune Loves

Opened in 1937, J.P. Graziano in the West Loop represents the clearest relic of what West Randolph Street looked like before it radically transformed into Chicago’s trendy restaurant row. To help the company survive the transition of the neighborhood, the shop established the city’s best Italian sandwich operation in 2007. That means that every single … Continued

Five Fantastic Chicagoland Sandwiches

J.P. Graziano’s “Mr. G” sub. Graziano’s started as a grocery store in the 1930’s, and while groceries may be the “bread and butter” of the company, these days their sandwiches are all the rage. The company opened a sub shop inside its store in 2007, and its signature sandwich takes the “Italian sub” concept over … Continued

The 12 Best Deli’s in Chicago

“You know a true deli when you see it (or smell it) and these 12 Chicago sandwich stops pass the eye (and sniff) test” Read the Full List Here

Battle for Chicago’s Best: J.P. Graziano Grocery Co., Inc.

“Brittney Payton checks in at a West Loop sandwich hotspot that’s still keeping it all in the family.” Watch the Full Segment Here

Taste of Home: Top Mom-and-Pop Restaurants

“Here are the spots from coast to coast that will make you feel like you’re home the minute you walk in the door.” View the Full Article Here

Jim Graziano reflects on his 78-year-old business

“Jim Graziano, fourth-generation owner of JP Graziano Grocery Company, joins Justin to talk about his family run business, the multiple challenges they overcame, the changing West Loop food scene, the decision to sell sandwiches and staying true to where he came from.”   View the Full Interview Here