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A Chicago favorite for 75 yrs, Al's Beef (for Hot Italian Beef), now in San Jose The Plant - any reports?

hhc May 21, 2013 11:48 PM

I forgot to mention that a Chicago favorite, Al's Beef, opened up April 15, 2013 in San Jose that I read in the SJ Mercury a while back. The lean beef is suppose to be roasted w/ 19 spices & herbs, sliced paper thin & piled on a specialty roll. Also on the menu: Italian & Polish sausages, Chicago-style tamales, french fries (you can get topped w/ Gorgonzola or chili), wraps, & salads.

Al's Beef
71 Curtner Ave at The Plant, SJ
Open daily 11am-10pm or later

Any hounds been yet?

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    dunstable RE: hhc May 22, 2013 06:29 AM

    Well I've been to the Chicago outposts, anyway. It's hard to imagine it would be that much different here. I personally don't think it's anything earth-shattering, though I like it as a quick lunch. Make sure you get it dipped.

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      Spatlese RE: hhc May 22, 2013 01:36 PM

      No idea myself, but I just posted a link to the site to a South Bay friend of mine who hails from Chi-town (and somehow hadn't already heard about this outpost opening). He's stoked. Figure he'll report back to me soon enough.

      1. Melanie Wong RE: hhc Jul 19, 2013 06:05 PM

        My brother tried it. He got it dipped, said he'd probably like the beef better with cheese on it. Fries ordered well-done were fine. He also got a Polish dog. They're grilled, and William was disappointed that the Polish isn't deep-fried the way the late Chi Dog made them.

        Apparently this is the first one outside of Chicagoland. Another will be opening in Las Vegas.


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          SVFoodie RE: hhc Jul 19, 2013 11:23 PM

          The polish was not the jew town polish I remembered…however, the italian beef, dipped with cheese…went over quite well. I also enjoyed the blue cheese fries.

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