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Apr 24, 2009 11:11 AM

Chicago Style Italian Beef in Waltham @ Dominic's!?!

I was just at Dominic's to pick up some of their tasty bread to go with some pulled pork that I'm smoking this weekend, and they had a sign advertising their new Chicago Italian Beef sandwich. Unfortunately, I just ate lunch so I was not about to get one for 2nd lunch (but I tempted).

I thought that I would spread the word since I remember seeing a few posts over the years looking for Chicago Italian Beef.

I have no idea how good or authentic their version is, but based on the quality of their other sandwiches, my hopes are high (even though the bread won't be authentic).

I'm going to try one next week. If anyone heads there before I do, please report back.


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  1. Thanks for the heads-up and I look forward to trying it. Windy City Eats in Weymouth also has Vienna Beef Italian Beef sandwiches which are very good.

    1. Wow. Their sandwiches are spectacular, and I love Italian Beef Sandwiches, and yet I somehow find it hard to believe that the two would work together. But man, I would be so, so happy to be wrong!

      I look forward to your report!

      8 Replies
      1. re: celeriac

        Okay, I just finished a Dominic's Italian Beef. Like all their other sandwiches, it was delicious, but it was no Mr. Beef on Orleans (my favorite in Chicago). So, if you are craving an authentic Chicago Italian Beef, this isn't it. The juice was very different from the original, but it had a nice taste due to the herbs and garlic. The sandwich maker just put a few small spoon fulls on mine so I had to ask her a few times for more until I thought that the bread was nicely soaked (as it should be).

        1. re: eatanddestroy

          Yep, some things just can't be recreated perfectly outside of their native environment. I think it would be far easier to do a fair approximation of a Chicago-style dog here -- you can get jarred sport peppers and neon-green relish online -- than a true Italian beef in Boston.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            The italian beef @ windy city eats was a pretty good rendition, at least on par with many that I've had in Chicago. It wasn't as great as the dog, but still good.

          2. re: eatanddestroy

            Don't they dunk the whole sandwich in the juice in Chi-town? I could be wrong but I believe I saw that somewhere.

            1. re: River19

              Dunking once or twice is an optional step. It's a messy sandwich already, so it doesn't make a whole lot of difference. I think it more than a very brief dip makes the roll disintegrate too easily, but it's a personal preference.


              1. re: River19

                As Slim said, you can specify "dipped" or not. I'm personally a fan of having it dipped, although as he also said it usually leads to structural integrity issues.

                1. re: celeriac

                  No giardiniera. All you get is a very tasty sandwich that reminds you of a Chicago Italian Beef.

                  I'm going to have to check out Windy City next time I'm near Weymouth. Thanks for the tip.