Hello to all from the KC northland!
Some places up here that carry Italian Steak Sandwiches:
LC's Hamburgers (NW Prairie View Rd) - $3.35
Italian Gardens To Go (NW Barry Rd) - $6.29
Leo's Pizza (NW Englewood Rd) - $4.50
Giovanni's Deli (NE Antioch Rd) - price unknown
Of those, I've only tried the ones from LC's and IGTG. IGTG is like Fazoli's, a fast-food Italian drive-thru. Their sandwich contained breaded steak, cheese, marinara, and lettuce. Decent, not top-tier, but certainly better than what you'd expect from a tiny drive-thru with most of their stuff prepared and stored offsite. If you want to try them out, hurry - they're closing on October 31 (supposedly moving to Overland Park in the future, but that doesn't seem definite).
LC's is an old-time greaseburger joint, with a damned
good core product, so it took some willpower to leap over to their non-burger menu. Their version of an Italian Steak has breaded steak, cheese, lettuce - and barbecue sauce, like rmille41's recipe. I honestly think that using barbecue sauce changes the taste of the sandwich so much that it can't really be evaluated alongside the more traditional formula. They also use the same bun and patty shape as they do for their burgers, making this an atypical Italian Steak indeed.
I haven't had Leo's Italian Steak, but I have had their pizza. It's St. Louis-style, and the first good pizza I've had up in the northland. (The best pizza I've had in all of KC is The Art of Pizza, on Baltimore Ave.) They're actually a bit like LC's, in that their establishment feels like an awesome time-capsule. If their Italian Steak is as good as their pizza, then I can't wait to try it.
Giovanni's Deli I didn't even know existed until I found it when Googling for a Popeye's. No website that I could find, but reviewers indicate they have Italian Steaks. Reason enough for me to go there!
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