Is there any place to get an Italian Beef in this city?
I'm a relatively recent transplant from the Chicago area and I've been absolutely dying for an Italian Beef sandwich. I've chased menus all around the city only to find that even places that claim to have them (Rosamunde, Dogzilla etc;) have actually stopped carrying them. Does anyone know, for sure, of a place that still offers one?
I suppose I should explain what I'm looking for: to me, an Italian Beef sandwich comes in two varieties. There's the heart-stomping fast-food variety that serves up a ton of finely chopped beef on an extremely greasy/soggy bun and loaded with giardenera hot pepper mix...and there's the more refined "Italian deli" version that offers slightly thicker slices of beef on a good hard roll...still with the giardenera.
As another ex-pat from Chicago I will go along with Portillos online. At the moment there is no place (Ive not tried Gumbahs) that I have found remotely acceptable. There used to be a place down in Santa Clara called Chi-Dog that closed in the Dot Com crash. So I go with Portillos shipped. I will be going down to LA in mid July and plan on visiting their new location in Anaheim. Bay Area continues to be an Italian Beef wasteland......
I'm a Bay Area native who just moved back here after three years in Chicago (brrrrrr...). The only Italian beef I ever ate was at Portillo's, and I disliked the fairly tasty, but incredibly messy, thing. We don't allow food like that in California!
Seriously, I know you Chicagoans need regular infusions of Italian beef, deep dish pizza and Vienna dogs...good luck in your search.