I lived in Chicago in the mid 80s and use to walk down the block to the Bozo (or Boz) hot dog stand for an Italian Beef Combo a couple of times a week. They had these all over the southside and nw IN. I went back a couple of years ago and they seem to be all gone. Did someone buy them out or did them just close down. They weren’t too bad and definitely cheap at a time when that was important to me
I think I’ll go with the sweet peppers, then. Guardinera on the side, to try.
Sweet peppers are just bell peppers that have been roasted.
Sport peppers are pickled.
gardinare has been cured on oil.
Just want to thank everyone for their contributions, I’ll let you know how it goes next week in the Windy City.
Just ask for sweet rather than hot, but I think you would be missing something, IMHO.
Does Buona Beef and/or Mr Beef offer the sauteed or roasted peppers rather than the pickled stuff? I confess I am not much of a fan of pickling most things….
Sports and gardinara are both pickled. Sweet peppers might be sauteed.
Got a question about the guardinera (sp?) and sports.
Both are pickled? I’m thinking I read something somewhere about the peppers (sports) being roasted or sauteed rather than pickled……
Could someone give me the lowdown on these two items?
I would imagine the Buona Beef stores would be open after 7 pm. Don’t know about the rest. Ask at your hotel, the desk should know.
I have had the Chicago Beef at the Billy Goat stand in the Jazz Cafe at O’hara airport. Very good. We used to have a place called GT Rocks here in Rochester that served a great chicago beef sandwich au juice with the jardineer relish, but they closed several years ago.
This sounds strange coming from someone who hates McDonalds food, but Arby’s has a new spicy italian beef sandwhich which is very similar to a chicago beef except it has a slice of provalone cheese. Not the highest quality roast beef in it, but it’s about the closest I can come to the real thing locally.
I asked earlier, but no one answered, so I have to ask again: how late are these italian beef places open? I probably won’t be able to get dinner until 7pm or later, and will be more or less stuck downtown near the Sears Tower….
I agree with Jim Ross: keep onions and cheese off the sandwich, but make sure they thoroughly soak both sides of the roll, and take lots of extra napkins. Eating in the car is a no-no with a juicy beef sandwich. One needs to be sitting over a table to thoroughly enjoy the experience and avoid catching the drippings on your clothes.
There is a Luke’s at 215 W. Jackson downtown, but I don’t think it’s part of a chain.
Luke’s is on Harlem just South of Addison! Is there more than one Luke’s?
No on the Onions, just beef (wet) with peppers and a lot of napkins!
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