Why Can’t You Find an Italian Beef Sandwich on the SouthCoast?
From time to time, a TV show or movie can feature a specific food or drink and lead to a big boom in its consumption. Think Reese’s Pieces and E.T., Eggo waffles and Stranger Things, or White Russians and The Big Lebowski.
Yet rarely is the food the actual star of the show like the Italian beef sandwich is on the FX/Hulu streaming show The Bear.
There are numerous articles floating around the internet about how the popularity of the Chicago-style sandwich has exploded since The Bear debuted in June. However, it still hasn’t popped up on any SouthCoast-area menus that we could find.
An Italian beef isn’t the same as a roast beef sandwich, or a steak and cheese sub. It involves specific cuts of beef (a top sirloin or a top round, preferably) and Italian seasonings rubbed in deep.
After a pan sear, the beef is slow-roasted and then cut paper-thin, served on Italian bread with a heavy dose of “the juice” that must be made along with it, and usually covered in hot giardiniera, a type of relish made with pickled vegetables.
Watch one episode of The Bear, and you’ll be craving one for yourself – but where can you get one around here?
There are plenty of recipes floating around to make a Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich at home, but who has that kind of time? The beef takes hours to prepare, and there’s no guarantee you’re going to get it right.
Someone needs to jump on this trend and start offering Italian beef sandwiches here on the SouthCoast. I’ll be first in line.