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Chicago Italian Beef in Triangle Area, NC?

Hi, I might be moving to Durham from Florida. I need to find a place to get a good Chicago italian beef sandwich or I might die. There must be a place, right?

Also, does anyone make good NY pizza (I used to live in New York)?

Also, does anyone make good shredded szechuan beef?

Thanks!!

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  1. I've been looking for 5 years and have yet to find even an approximation. I nearly fell over when I saw a bottle of giardinara at the Kroger off of 15-501 in Durham (across from Walmart). I always get a few bottles when we're in Chicago, just to be on the safe side.

    Since I can't find the beef, I make them at home every couple of months.

    1. re Chicago beef - I haven't seen it outside of Chicago but aren't those sport peppers addictive?

      re NY pizza - check out some old threads - there are widely varying opinions on this matter

      re good (fill in the blank) Chinese dishes - also see some of the older threads but I would recommend Red Palace in Raleigh for highly authentic Szechuan food

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      1. re: rockycat

        Italian beef outside of Chicago? I haven't found anything close. Al's of Taylor Street ships FedEx. Not cheap but it feeds the fix every now and then.

      2. Wish I could say there is, but NO Chicago beef in Durham.

        You can get Vienna beef hot dogs at Cloo's in Raleigh near Mission Valley. Also, Jay's potato chips at Big Lots. There is a place in Wilmington called Nancy's Pizza that has Chicago style pizza and beef sandwiches.

        Also in Asheville is Cats 'n Dawgs that has Vienna hot dogs and beef sandwiches. There's also a few places in Charlotte: Matt's Chicago Dog, Woody's, and City Dogs. I think Matt's is the only one there that has the beef in addition to the dogs.

        Finally, Poppa's Hot Dogs Mooresville, NC has authentic Chicago style food including Hot Dogs, Italian beef, Sausage & combo. The owner is originally from Alsip,IL. Poppa's is ;located in a strip mall across River Rd. from Lakeside Industrial Park where several NASCAR teams are located. Many crew members and an occaisional driver or two frequent this place.

        Hope this helps!

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        1. re: viennadog

          Just found out a place called "Old Chicago Pizza" will be opening in Wake Forest (just up Capital Blvd. from Raleigh) and they will have beef! www.oldchicago.com This from their website under sandwiches:
          Hot Italian Beef Sandwich
          A Chicago favorite and guaranteed to be one of yours. Tender, thin-sliced roast beef, slow cooked in rich garlic au jus, topped with spicy peppers on a French roll.
          There's also one in Wilmington.

          1. re: viennadog

            I had a serious Vienna Beef craving last week. Cloo's didn't show up on a search of their website, but I'll have to check it out.

            I came within inches of ordering some dogs and sausage via their website, but I decided to hold off until I'm up there in August.

            Related question, why on earth can't we get Old Style or Goose Island beers down here? Both are distributed by big firms but not very widely.

            1. re: brokegradstudent

              Did you mean Vienna beef hot dogs or Vienna beef? Cloo's only has the dogs and they don't have a website. They're just a small hot dog stand. Here's their address and phone, right off Western Blvd near NC State's campus:

              Cloos' Coney Island
              (919) 834-3354
              2233 Avent Ferry Rd Ste 102
              Raleigh, NC 27606

              They're between a pizza joint and a Chinese place. Call ahead, sometimes they're out of the vienna hot dogs and waiting to get more from their supplier. They do have the neon relish and the poppy seed buns. They also make their version of "sliders" and they're not bad. Great chili cheese fries too. I was there last week and it was great! Going again tomorrow and next week since I'll be in the neighborhood. What a treat!

              I dunno know why no Old Syle or Goose Island. Have you checked Total Wine in Durham? I found Old Milwaukee there, but haven't looked any further. You can call them at 489-5082.

              Oh, I forgot, ALL Target stores sell Vienna hot dogs at their little grill. You dress them yourself and they don't have pickle or sport peppers, but if you're having a real craving it's close!

              1. re: brokegradstudent

                Pizzeria Uno at Brier Creek serves a reasonable approximation of Chicago-style pizza.

                Have you tried any of the Kosher dogs, like Best, as a replacement for Vienna?

                The true answer to this question is to make you own beef. There are plenty of recipes around the Internets. You could also make your own giardinera. Finding a bread sufficiently close to Gonela could be the biggest challenge. Overall, though, this would make a nice meal for a fall party.

                As far as beer, Goose Island recently entered into a distribution agreement with Annheiser-Busch, so it's possible they'll begin distributing GI beers here in the future. I'd be surprised to see Old Style come into this market.

            2. Not too far away, Elizabeth's Pizza and Pasta on Friendly Avenue in Greensboro is planning to start serving Chicago Italian Beef. I talked to the owner this afternoon and they have a supplier that stocks it!

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              1. re: tmwilliamsjr

                On a related note, a bunch of grocery stores seem to have giardinara now.

              2. NY Pizza.....

                I *heart* NY Pizza on 9th in Durham
                NY Pizzeria on Franklin in Chapel Hill
                NY Pizza on Tate St in Greensboro...

                yes, they just so happen to have "NY pizza" in the name...lol

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                1. re: TSQ75

                  Brooklyn Boys Pizzeria in Cary is *excellent* and, according to my NY-born-and-bred-husband, reminiscent of the pizzeria his Uncle Al owned in Brooklyn back in the day.