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Longshot---any place to get a good Italian beef in Portland/Southern Maine area

I was watching an episode of Man Vs Food for the zillionth time and got a serious craving for some Italian Beef. Since I don't see myself being able to afford a trip to Chitown any time in the near future to get the real , is there anywhere nearby where I can get a reasonable approximation?

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  1. What is "Italian Beef" and where is "Chitown"???

    1. You are more likely to find fried whole clams in Chicago.

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      1. re: the_MU

        What does clams have to do with the original question?

        1. re: sopo

          Because Italian Beef is a regional Chicago delicacy, and fried whole clams are a New England regional delicacy. You're as unlikely to find either the beef in Maine as you are to find the fried whole clams in Chicago.

      2. It's never going to happen. We're from Chicago and I can tell u to save yourself the trouble. You won't find one (if u do, let me know!)

        1. Haven 't tried it and don't know if their Italian Beef is any good but worth a try............

          www.chicagodogsofMaine.com

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          1. re: jackattack

            You beat me to it jackattack. I can't vouch for the beef either, but i've always loved their dogs and fries.

            http://www.chicagodogsofmaine.com/CHI...

            1. re: jackattack

              Now *I* want an Italian Beef! Thanks for mentioning Chicago Dogs regardless. If its any good, this could be a great find for me :)

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              Chicago Dogs
              285 US Route 1 Ste 3, Scarborough, ME 04074

            2. I think the closest thing you find to an italian beef in Maine is called a french dip.

              Roast beef on a sub roll ( crunchy if you can find one) and Aujus.....but the beef wont really come out of the ajus like the Italian beef I know.

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              1. re: westernmaine

                lol just had to follow up you can find many beef "italians".....but you try to define an italian on chow hound and you will really get a responce LOL.

                1. re: westernmaine

                  I'm pretty sure that Chicago dogs in saco has one on there menu, not sure haven't been there in a while.

                  1. re: ChefGrant

                    Chicago Dogs website attached above...in Scarborough, not Saco. Route 1. If you do go there brokeass, let us know, I'd like to know how it is.

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                    Chicago Dogs
                    285 US Route 1 Ste 3, Scarborough, ME 04074