Dining Panel review: Big B's Beef

03/06/2013 12:46 PM

03/07/2013 1:55 AM

Wichita has many types of food, but there are still plenty of cuisines we are missing.

Big B’s Beef is aiming to fill one of those voids by providing a Chicago-style option. The restaurant, which opened in January at 47th and Seneca, is owned and operated by a family that came to Wichita from the Windy City.

The menu offers traditional Chicago-style food, including Italian beef and sausage, a Chicago dog and gyros. Sides include hand-cut fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms and a soup of the day. Big B’s gets all of its meats and breads either locally or from Chicago.

On our visit, we decided to try the Poor Boy, the Italian Beef Sandwich and the Chicago Dog with a side of fries.

The Poor Boy is an Angus beef patty on a grilled French hoagie with garlic butter, Big B’s own red sauce, grilled onions and provolone cheese. The sandwich was delicious. The meat had great flavor but was a bit overdone. The red sauce was a great complement to the meat and a nice break from ketchup.

The Italian beef sandwich also had great flavor, and the beef was extremely tender. We made the mistake, though, of ordering it without peppers, and the sandwich was too simple. Make sure to get the peppers.

The star of our lunch was the Chicago Dog, which comes with a side of fries. It included an all-beef Vienna dog in a poppy seed bun topped with onion, mustard, green relish, tomato wedges, a pickle spear, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. This was probably the best hot dog I have ever eaten. The toppings were all fresh and accentuated the flavor of the beef hot dog. The bun also was great. A trip to Big B’s Beef requires a Chicago Dog.

The fries were hand-cut and thick but could have been more crispy.

Big B’s Beef has several tables set up for dining in, but also has a drive-through and will deliver to close-by businesses. The staff was friendly, and we enjoyed the girl who was eager to take our order and asked the right questions.

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