The Italian beef you grew up with holds lots of significance to a Chicago-area kid. Little Joe’s on Plainfield and LaGrange Rd was my first beef love. And it still holds true. Was back in the area until noon for some Dahlcasting and a WGN Morning News appearance. I woke up a 5am and ate only a chocolate doughnut from Kirschbaum’s in Western Springs. Incredible donut, but left me riding on empty by lunchtime. A beef and cheese fries was just what the doctor ordered. Sweet and hot with a large Pepsi. Such a terrific meal. Nostalgia never tasted better.