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Italian Hot beef Sandwich?

Steve Nov 8, 2012 09:42 AM

I read somewhere recently about a new place offering typical Chicago-style fare including an Italian Hot Beef sandwich, but I can't remember which place or where it is ...... can anyone help me out with this?

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    Steve Nov 15, 2012 01:42 PM

    I had lunch today at the Windy Apple, which features Chicago and New York delicacies. I had an Italian Hot Beef Sandwich and a knish!

    I have never been to Chicago. The innards of the sandwich are wet and tasty with thinly sliced beef and a giadineira of carrots and jalapenos. Lots of jus poured into the sandwich. The bread does not hold up at all and becomes immediately soggy. This would be a damn fine sandwich with a halfway decent sub roll, but fails as is.

    The knish is Coney style, but seems like it was pressed against the grill. It was good and tasty, and a much better alternative to fries.

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    1. re: Steve
      Dennis S Nov 16, 2012 05:32 AM

      Steve - there should be different ways you can order the Italian Beef, in terms of the gravy (proper Chicago term). Look at the top of the middle column of Portillo's menu for directions. I think there is actually an off-menu designation that rises above dipped. You should also be able to receive the gravy on the side. I know Windy City does this on request.


      1. re: Dennis S
        Steve Nov 16, 2012 09:51 AM

        The bread at Windy Apple had no 'crust' to it, like you might find if you order a French Dip sandwich. I don't see how it would stand up to the wetness unless you order the sandwich extra dry.

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          GraydonCarter Nov 16, 2012 08:56 PM

          When I order a sandwich at Al's Beef, I know it's gonna fall apart. Then you have no choice but to lick your fingers. That's how I like it .

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            Dennis S Nov 18, 2012 02:08 PM

            Steve - I stopped there Friday, and I'm with you. I like the beef and all else, but the bread didn't stand a chance! 15 seconds and it was a moot point. So, so far I like the place overall but am definitely aware of the bad bread for IT beef.

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        Steve Nov 13, 2012 11:41 AM

        In answer to my own question: It is a place in Falls Church City called the Windy Apple.


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        1. re: Steve
          tcamp Nov 13, 2012 12:34 PM

          Have you been yet? I like the sound of that Chicago Red Alert.

          Menu author does love his/her apostrophes.

          1. re: Steve
            MikeR Nov 15, 2012 04:34 AM

            Who ever heard of a restaurant that's closed on Wednesday?!! (he says, having been at that end of Falls Gulch yesterday, thinking I'd give it a try on my way home, and . . . )

            1. re: MikeR
              Dennis S Nov 15, 2012 07:06 AM

              TECC is closed on Tuesdays. And for some reason I can't retain this information many Tuesday afternoons....

            2. re: Steve
              MikeR Nov 23, 2012 11:31 AM

              Had a hot dog at NY Apple today. The dog was OK, but like the beef sandwich, the bun had no character whatsoever. Windy City Red Hots is much better, but much further from home, too.

              1. re: Steve
                MikeR Dec 15, 2012 02:48 PM

                According to this week's Falls Church News Press, Windy Apple has been replaced by L'il Italian Cafe. This is the second location of the place of the same name in Herndon. Pizza, calzone, stromboli, burgers, gyros, and specialty sandwiches. Halal menu, but no mention of Italian beef.

                Windy Apple sure didn't last long.

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                comestibles Nov 8, 2012 09:49 PM

                Are you thinking of the Greatest American Hot Dogs food truck in Montgomery County? Many styles of hot dog using Vienna Beef and they also have Italian Beef sandwiches. New brick and mortar store in Gaithersburg. Recently reviewed in WaPo.



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                1. re: comestibles
                  Steve Nov 8, 2012 09:58 PM

                  Yes, I think this is what I read about. It's pretty far for me, so it will be a while before I check it out.


                  1. re: comestibles
                    nickdanger Nov 15, 2012 01:03 PM

                    Where exactly is the store?

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                      MDRadio Nov 15, 2012 01:50 PM

                      GAHD is in the Gaithersburg Airpark and is a slight pain to find. Once you turn onto Airpark Rd from Woodfield your first right is Chennault Way, then you make your first right into the strip mall area. There are little signs in the grass that help point the way. Just head straight back and its on the right before you hit the back of the center, just look out for the huge food truck out front.

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                        nickdanger Nov 16, 2012 09:35 AM

                        Got it. Thanks. Know exactly where that is, as I used to take my children to Airpark Cafe for breakfast and watch planes take off and land.

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                          GraydonCarter Nov 16, 2012 08:49 PM

                          I got the impression from their website that if they take the truck out on weekends they close the restaurant? They said they were at the Germantown Soccer Park last weekend.

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                    KeithW Nov 8, 2012 12:08 PM


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                    1. re: KeithW
                      Steve Nov 8, 2012 02:15 PM

                      That could be it, but still I'm thinking it was something even newer.

                      1. re: KeithW
                        Soup Nov 25, 2012 06:57 AM

                        cannot speak for the beefs but the dogs are solid. This weekend, I got the craving for a beef so bad, I just made it at home. Pretty decent copy. Kids were staring as I soaked the bread with juice. They thought I was crazy.

                      2. tommyskitchen Nov 8, 2012 11:14 AM

                        I could be Chidogos, which used to be on 14th and is now elsewhere (national harbor?)

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                        1. re: tommyskitchen
                          Steve Nov 8, 2012 11:36 AM

                          I don't think that's it. I believe it is a totally new place. But thanks for your response.

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