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Mar 13, 2010 09:09 AM

italian beef sandwich, chicago style, where?

i just watched the food challenge on food network, the featured food was italian beef sandwiches.
are there any resto or delis that serve this particular chicago sandwich in the boston area?

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  1. Sadly, er, no. This sangwich is VERY particular to Chicago.

    1. windy city eats in weymouth. they also have chicago style vienna beef dogs, etc.

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          BTW, it won't show italian beefs but the two tend to track together .... there's a vienna beef iphone app that shows you vienna beef purveyors near you. Of course the 5th closest joint is in VA or something like that so the pickings are slim up here :)

      1. In Chicago. Our area has plenty of excellent cuisine enjoy your new turf and new tastes.

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        1. re: treb

          Geez, someone can't ask about a certain style of food if it isn't inherently New England?

          1. re: Joanie

            It's not that but, sammy's like that or say 'beef on weck' are so inherient to their specific area that if you found one in BOS it would probably never measure up and thus the you'd be really disappointed. IMO if your living here, enjoy what's here and not where your roots are.

            1. re: treb

              Yes but do you know anyone in New England who has a diet made up of even 2% New England food? The odd lobster roll, some fried clams, baked beans maybe twice a year. Chowder. The overwhelming majority of our restaurants serve food from other regions or lands. No reason why a talented team couldn't produce a worthy homage to Italian Beef, or anything else for that matter.

              1. re: deglazer

                The burger was invented in NE. Probably 'steak pizzolia' may be a close substitute for Italian beef.

                1. re: treb

                  Would you be happier if the OP referred to it as "D__o Beef"?

                  1. re: treb

                    Steak pizzaiola is not anywhere near close. Italian beef is not tomato-y. I think it's called Italian Beef because it has Italian dressing rubbed on it before cooking.

                2. re: treb

                  The OP spoke of watching a TV show and taking an interest in the food featured on it. Nowhere does the OP say they are from Chicago expecting Chicago-style food here.

                  1. re: chickendhansak

                    Here's part of the OP's statement. are there any resto or delis that serve this particular 'chicago sandwich' in the boston area. I assume the OP is aware that this sammy's roots are in Chicago.

                    1. re: treb

                      My point was that there is nothing in the OP's post to suggest that the OP is from Chicago, so no reason to believe this area is "new turf" to them or that this area is not where their roots are.

                      1. re: chickendhansak

                        Can't we all just take a chill pill? The board is super hostile today. Ides of March?

                          1. re: treb

                            it's all the rain....a little sunshine will bring some happiness to us all.

              2. I've never had a Chicago beef sandwich so I may be off base but have you tried the pork or lamb sandwich from Artu in the NE? Different meat, but it looks like they may make a reasonable substitute.

                In either case, Artu makes a great sandwich so it won't be a total loss..:)

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                1. re: 9lives

                  Dude, I respect you like hell, but not even close. Dude, you got juice running down your arms in Chicago. This coming from a vegetarian....

                  1. re: digga

                    When you put it that way, clearly, I need a trip to Chicago..:)

                    1. re: 9lives

                      Travel Channel has a show feauring the beef sandwich on now..Big Al's and Mr Italian...looks great!

                      1. re: 9lives

                        That was Big Al's vs Mr.Beef, but the trouble I had with the show was that they were 2 different types of sandwich - one being more spicy that the other. So, if you don't like spicy, you weren't gonna love the Big Al's beef. I would get both at the same time, so I could have Big Al's for the spice & Mr. Beef for a chaser! Both looked good so I'd be happy with either one.

                      1. re: digga

                        I have never seen an authentic Chicago Italian Beef in these parts.

                        They are truly something special, for sure.

                    2. What exactly is an italian beef sandwich, chicago style?

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