On a recent return to Gumbahs, Id wanted to try the Chicago style hot dog. BUT, while Vienna Beef supplies the dogs, these are skinless and not natural casing dogs. Seeing the let-down on my face, the counter staff quickly diverted me to the Polish Sausage, $3.50, which does have the natural casing and a lot of snap. Served Chicago hot dog style with The Works, a Vienna Beef hickory smoked Polish is cradled on a steamed poppy seed bun and garnished with mustard, relish, chopped onions, a quarter spear of dill pickle, two slices of Roma tomato, celery salt, and two whole sport peppers. While I was a little disappointed that the relish was not the infamous fluorescent green, everything tasted just fine. The sausage was not fatty yet still moist and had a slight sweet edge to the cure. I also tried a small order of fries, $1.35, which were as good as promised. Theyre slim cut and lightly battered so they fry up golden and delicately crackly.
Theres a sign posted that Gumbahs is for sale. The owner says hes retiring after building up the business for 20 years. He claims it is the only authentic Italian beef joint in California and he wants $179,000.
If you havent visited this little piece of Chicago in the Bay Area, this is fair warning that the time remaining to do so may be growing short. Reported in ChowNews #84, heres the contact info.
Gumbah's Italian Beef [Solano County]
138 Tennessee St