Shoeless Joe's in Rosemont, IL is located next to the Best Western O'Hare just north of O'Hare International Airport and next to Allstate Arena (see map). I'd been hearing ads for the place on sports talk radio stations on my trips into Chicago. I was in Chicago recently and I was in the neighborhood and it was late in the day. I was tired, I was thirsty and I was hungry - good combinations for me when I want to relax.
Shoeless Joe's is named after the former great Chicago White Sox player, Joe Jackson. The owner, Joe Macchiatelli, opened Shoeless Joe's (along with Butch Navarro) about 12 years ago and the place is filled with a large number of White Sox memorabilia. It's rather interesting to find a White Sox-themed bar on the northwest side of Chicago.
Shoeless Joe's is not a huge place, but it has over 30 televisions, along with four projectors and screens, and from what I saw, at least 5 or 6 plasma HD monitors. They have 25 satellite receivers so they can show virtually any game in any sport at any time.
I sat at the bar and the bartender was right over. I took a beer and a menu and watched a couple of the games on the televisions. Their menu is pretty varied, going from standard bar food like chicken wings, burgers and sandwiches, to steaks, chicken marsala and ribs. They also serve pizza, too, but I sure didn't see anybody eating one.
I got the Italian hoagie sandwich - about the only thing that I really miss from Pizza Hut was their hoagie sandwiches. The one at Shoeless Joe's was similar to the old Italian hoagies I loved to get at Pizza Hut. It was salami, cappacola and pepperoni on a good sized toasted Italian hoagie bun, topped with mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato slices and Italian dressing. It came with a load of fries, as well.
The sandwich was very good. The bread was toasted perfectly, there was a lot of meat and ample toppings. I thought the Italian dressing was a little weak and I asked the barmaid for some extra dressing. It didn't help.
I'm not big on fries, but I have to say that the fries at Shoeless Joe's were some of the best fries I've had in quite some time. They were cooked perfectly. Light and fluffy, but had a little crispiness to 'em, too.
With four beers and a sandwich, the bill - with tip - came to just over $20 bucks. They must have had some beer special going on as each beer was just $2.00.
But Shoeless Joe's was a nice place. Good food, lots of TV's, good service. I'll be back.