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Nov 8, 2012 09:42 AM

Italian Hot beef Sandwich?

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

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    1. re: tommyskitchen

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

      1. re: KeithW

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

        1. re: KeithW

          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. 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

            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: nickdanger

                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.

                1. re: MDRadio

                  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.

                  1. re: nickdanger

                    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.

            1. 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

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

                Menu author does love his/her apostrophes.

                1. re: Steve

                  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

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

                  2. re: Steve

                    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

                      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.

                    2. 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

                        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

                          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.

                          1. re: Steve

                            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 .

                            1. re: Steve

                              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.