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Reviewed July 13, 2023

Tony's Chicago Beef Company in Sarasota, Florida, lives up to its billing. "A taste of Chicago in Sarasota." And "Delivering Chicago-style food at its best." Located at 6569 Superior Avenue in the Southgate shopping center at South Tamiami Trail and Clark Road, it is owned...and operated by native Chicagoans who know a good thing when they taste it. They also have a location at 1856 Tamiami Trail in nearby Venice. Years ago, when traveling across the country, we always had a taste for a Chicago-style hot dog or thin crust pizza or an Italian beef sandwich. But they were few and far between. No longer. Chicago-style hot dogs are as accessible as McDonald's Big Macs and Heineken beer. Open from 11 to 8 Monday through Saturday, Tony's is like dining on Maxwell Street. I couldn't resist a Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dog with mustard, relish, onion, sport peppers, tomato and celery salt, an Italian beef sandwich and a bowl of chili with cheese and onions. My wife enjoyed a Chicago Skyway, a chicken club sandwich with a char-grilled breast of chicken served on a toasted bun with mayo, tomato, lettuce and onion. With French-cut fries. The menu also includes a char-grilled Maxwell Street Style Polish with mustard and grilled onions, a Maxwell Street Style Pork Chop sandwich with mustard and grilled onions, a Chicago brat with sauerkraut on French bread or hot dog bun, an Italian submarine sandwich with capicola, mortadella, pepperoni, salami and provolone cheese and a char-grilled hamburger with a 1/3-pound of beef with mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard and ketchup on a freshly toasted old-fashioned style bun. Like you never left Chicago.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed April 11, 2023 via mobile

Picked up beef sandwich and supreme tamales. Fast counter service. Busy for lunch but great service and food quality is great. Well priced and quick.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 29, 2023

I always looked forward in visiting Tonys when here in Sarasota. The beef is great. The fries being fresh cut, this time was disappointed. Not fresh and not hot? Sorry for the review but I alawys look forward my once a year to your beef....Maybe I should stick to Mr. Beef or Al's #1 Italian Beef. You may be slipping my good friend. I will hit you once again in the future and hope I can write a better review.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 14, 2023 via mobile

We and another couple ate at Tony’s tonight. It’s small and only has two tables but the food was awesome. I had a bacon cheeseburger with the works. My husband had chili cheese fries. Both were excellent. Very friendly young man who said it’s him...and his Dad that own/run the place. Give them a try. This is a family owned business that you should consider next time you want some great food. Take out is a option too!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed June 28, 2022 via mobile

Got our fix in today at Tony’s. The Chicago beef is unbelievable and the fries are the best we’ve ever had. Great to see Tony and his son. As authentic and as nice of people you will ever meet. The joint was hopping and they...had it all under control. Our favorite place. We love the one in Venice where we live but always enjoy the Sarasota location.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 21, 2022

Homemade and fast. Little hole in the wall serving fantastic Chicago specials. Fresh cut fries are the best.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed March 31, 2022

This is a must stop for a afternoon meal. The beef is definitely the best in Sarasota. I would actually compare head to head with any beef place in Chicago. The fries are also to die for. I love this place and the staff. Keep...up the good work. I look forward in visiting you once again next year.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2021

Good food, authentic Chicago style dogs and more. Friendly staff and good prices, and close to Siesta beach. Good place for a quick bite, what more could you want?

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 25, 2021

The best Chicago Dog! Hand cut fries and nice owner made our experience great! First time in the area and we will be back. Fresh poppy seed bun with great hot dog and excellent toppings.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed March 24, 2021

This place is the closest you will find to a Chicago Beef in Florida. I would compare this beef to Chicago's Original Beef or Big Al's any day of the week. Their Chicago style hot dogs I believe are better than Portillo's which was voted...best Hot Dog in Illinois. They have fresh cut fries which are perfect. Tony and his father are just awesome also. I have been coming to Florida since 1978 and this is the first year I was able to experience this Chicago style beef and hot dogs and recommend it highly. A MUST TRY.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed July 19, 2020 via mobile

Saturday night quick dinner after traveling all day. Had Chicago beef sandwiches with peppers and cheese, several types of dogs-chili, works, etc... L chopped salad, walnut room salad... all very good and hit the spot. The only item not up to par was the tuna...sandwich... it was plain and dry as we asked for items on the side but did not receive. The gentleman working the kitchen was all alone and working super hard but remained pleasant. We will definitely return for more delicious sandwiches!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

Excellent food. I have Celiac and they were very accommodating. Everything is cooked right in front of you. They even cooked my french fries in a separate pan of oil. They do not have gluten free buns but allowed me to bring my own which...I have no problem doing. Those lettuce wraps suck. Did I say thier food was excellent. When we are back in the area we will definitely be coming back to this place.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed June 9, 2019

Everytime we come in to town this is a must stop. The best ever. The only food we still miss living in Mexico.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 7, 2019

Well, who would of thought the Frosted Mug could reincarnate better than it was? Not me..... but was I wrong! Raised in Chicago on Portillio's and SuperDawg, the Frosted Mug was a staple on our winter visits to Venice, FL. We were shocked a few...years back when the Mug morphed to Tony's and honestly, we were full of attitude and a bit sad that our old staple had changed. Go here! The beer is cold, the food is fantastic and the service is quick, quick, quick! Good for the whole crew of us, from the 5 year old grandson to the 87 year old Grandpa. The italian beef has the best flavor and the Chicago dogs are the real thing with the green relish and sport peppers. Nice work Tony! Love, Love, Love from the Steigs!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed April 7, 2019

Very small and very casual. Absolutely authentic Chicago Italian Beef and Hot Dogs. Hand cut, perfectly cooked french fries. Serve yourself soft drinks. Chicago decor (Bears, Mayor Daley, Cubs, Sox..photos). If you've never had or heard of an Italian Beef Sandwich (it's a Chicago thing)...you...must go and try one. You will be back!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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6569 Superior Ave, Sarasota. It is in the Gulf Gate area.
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I paid more for a cheese steak. Both are my favorites. Get this one first.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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