While strolling the Venice boardwalk late last month, I spotted a Mr. Beef stand. Being from Chicago, I inquired to the attendant if this was the same Mr. Beef from back home. It is! For the uninitiated, Mr. Beef in Chicago has consistently been ranked at the top of many "Best Italian Beef" lists. Well, I ordered one up and while being very good, it seemed to be lacking some of the flavor that I remember. The guy told me that they ship the beef in from Chicago and they hadn't officially had their grand opening yet. Regardless, I will go back and try again. Hopefully they will get the kinks worked out. It would be great to have a top-notch food shack on the boardwalk. I already make monthly treks to OC for Portillo's Italian Beef. With traffic and parking hassles in Venice, it may just take as much time to schlep down behind the Orange Curtain.
The Mr. Beef Italian Beef sandwich runs $6.99 and I think it was about 6". Whereas Portillo's Big Beef is $6.59 and maybe twice the size.
Any other Chicago ex-pats sampled Mr. Beef in Venice? How did you find the taste, compared with the original location?
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