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Indianapolis - Chicago-Style Italian Beef Sandwich

rjohn40787 Jan 5, 2011 05:21 PM

I'm looking for a Chicago-style Italian beef standwich, similar to what you'd get at Portillo's in Chicago or Merrillville. Is there such a place in the Indianapolis area? If so, I'd appreciate any recommendations.

555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410

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    macabre Dec 13, 2011 03:32 PM

    try fresco italian sandwich shoppe, yummy's, or detour grille, fat dan's is decent

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    1. re: macabre
      macabre Dec 13, 2011 07:55 PM

      been hunting them for a while. check out my facebook group on the subject:

    2. Danimal Feb 15, 2011 05:34 PM

      Found the place I mentioned...

      I happen to have some beef bubbling on the stove and Gonnella rolls in the freezer. MMMM

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        nickblesch Jan 16, 2011 09:08 AM

        I'm not familiar with the place Danimal is referring to, but Fat Dan's in the Broad Ripple area has excellent chicago-style Italian beef / sausage / combo and hot dogs. Although there's obviously some ephemeral authenticity lacking when you're eating a regional food outside of that food's home region, I'd say that Fat Dan's holds up well taste-wise and compares well with Portillo's.

        The french fries are absolutely delicious if you ask for them crispy - and you HAVE to ask - otherwise they're soggy and horrible. I can't fathom why any place would serve soggy french fries by default, but knowing that going in will save you.


        555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410

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        1. re: nickblesch
          rjohn40787 Feb 15, 2011 04:46 PM

          Thanks for the recommendation about Fat Dan's. I plan to give it a try when I'm in Indy in May.

        2. Danimal Jan 9, 2011 12:12 PM

          When I lived in Indy a year ago, there was a place on 38th between Meridian and Central. I don't remember it too well, but it had at least passable Italian beef, and pizza puffs, too.

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          1. re: Danimal
            rjohn40787 Jan 9, 2011 02:22 PM

            Thanks for the tip. When I'm in Indy, I'll check it out. Perhaps someone else knows the name?

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