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Jan 4, 2006 06:56 PM

Chicago-style Italian Beef

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Does anyone know where I can get authentic Chicago-style Italian Beef in South Florida? I live in SE Florida, but would consider driving to SW Florida for the real thing. It cost me over $60 (w/o shipping) to order Portillo's Italian Beef from Chicago as a holiday gift for my husband this year.

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  1. Good Luck! Beefs are hard to find on that coast. I lived over there for 5 years and found 1 spot.
    I hear there are more places, but I could not find them.
    It was in Deerfield Beach. I believe it was called Sals. The other was named Hot Dog heaven that had a good dog,but no beefs. There are more on the west coast due to all the former Chicagoans here.

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    1. re: JJ

      Hot Dog Heaven on Sunrise and Windy City Beef in Coconut Creek

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      1. Big City Hot Dogs on Commercial just east of Dixie has italian beef on their menu.

        1. Fat Lou's of Chicago is in Hallandale.....

          1. Hot-Dog-opolis at 6020 N. Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL 33432, has Italian Beef on their menu. This just recently opened up. I can't vouch for the beef, but I had a Chicago dog and it was exactly the way it was supposed to be. I'm from Chicago, so I know a good Chicago hot dog. The fries are fresh cut and delicious, too.


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            1. re: Mauslein

              I might try this place out tomorrow. They also have sausages, grilled salami, pastrami, corned beef, brisket, and hamburgers too.

              1. re: freakerdude

                the Italian Beef at Hotdogopolis is not good. the hot dogs are fine,very fine and I'd guess the salami would be good also.I'd avoid the corned beef,pastrami and brisket...they do a good dog and the polish is ok...not great.