If an Italian beef sandwich has no beef, can it still keep the name?
Chicago-based chain Buona Beef released a beefless version of their famed Italian beef sandwich, and Chicagoans are split: the sandwich is already sold out in all Buona locations, while purists stand aghast at the thought. So: revelation or abomination?
Either way, we find out the city’s best Italian beef spots, a little history about how it became an iconic Chicago food, and Sasha-Ann Simons tries her first sandwich!
GUESTS: Ashok Selvam, editor of Eater Chicago
Shermann Thomas, TikTok urban historian