Moving to Florida from Chicago ten years ago, I learned the state has many wonderful things, but Italian beef sandwiches are difficult, if not impossible, to find. I didn't really know it was a "Chicago thing", but it is. There are lots of Italian American people here, mostly from the northeastern part of the country and they don't seen to know about these sandwiches. Then we found Little Joe's a week ago while visiting Sarasota, and have been there twice.
The restaurant is a walk up and place your order kind of place with seating in a separate room. It all looks new, clean, and fresh. Joe gives you your drink (I don't think free refills are available here) and you find a seat in the next room. The sandwiches, in my experience, arrive almost immediately in plastic baskets. There are other choices on the menu but I haven't looked beyond the Italian beef sandwiches.
We'll be visiting this restaurant each time we visit Sarasota.
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