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Being from Chicago I couldn’t be more excited that a popular Chicago restaurant is expanding into Florida.

When you think of Chicago food, I’m sure hot dogs, pizza and Italian beef come to mind.  We have some great spots in SWFL that serve Chicago-style food like Chicago Pizza and Chicago Beef Guy in Cape Coral, Jimmie the Beef Guy in Bonita Springs and Buddyz Pizzeria in Fort Myers just to name a few.

Buona Beef is the largest family-owned and operated Italian Beef Restaurant. The restaurant announced in a press release that they’re expanding into Florida. And not only Florida, but also Texas and Arizona. You can find their products in stores. I’ve actually found tubs of beef at Aldi, but there’s nothing like eating it straight from the restaurant. Buona has over 26 restaurants in the Chicago-area and last year started a franchise program to expand to other states. So, it won’t be long until we can enjoy it served up hot down here in the Sunshine State.

Buona Beef is a Chicago institution, known for its delicious Italian beef sandwiches and juicy, mouth-watering burgers. But what many people don’t know is that Buona Beef is also a hotbed of hilarity and belly laughs. At least for us native Chicagoan’s. One of the funniest things about Buona Beef is the way people pronounce it. If you’re not from The Windy City, you might assume you pronounce it “Boo-nah Beef” or “Bwona Beef.” But the correct way to say it is “Bwoh-nuh Beef”. Just listening to people try to say it correctly can be comedy gold.

Another funny thing about Buona Beef is the size of their sandwiches. These things are massive! You practically need a forklift to pick one up. Watching someone try to take a bite out of one of these behemoths can be a hilarious sight. Half the sandwich ends up on their face, while the other half falls to the ground. And let’s not even talk about the mess if you get the sandwich dipped in juice (which you should, it’s the best.)

To see their menu and more about Buona Beef, click here

Florida Cities Make List Of Best In America For A Staycation

We’re pretty lucky to live in a place where others come on vacation and some Florida cities have made a list of the best in America for a staycation.

In recent years, the trend of staycations has been on the rise. It’s a great way to relax and recharge without the hassle of traveling. And as prices keep going up, staycations offer affordable ways to take a break from the stress of everyday life.

Staycations are also much more convenient than traditional vacations. Especially with little kids or a bunch of kids, you won’t have to worry about packing and impatience at the airport. Or in the instance of Home Alone, leaving one behind. You can enjoy your vacation at your own pace, without feeling rushed. And, of course, if you don’t go far, you’ll have the comfort of your own home to return to.

If you’re looking for ways to make your staycation feel like a real vacation, consider staying at a hotel or renting a vacation home. Then you’ll have the excitement of a new environment, while still enjoying the comfort of a familiar location. You can also try new restaurants and cafes, visit tourist attractions, or explore local parks and trails.

Travel Lens looked at the most popular tourist destinations in America and used five factors to put together a list of the best cities for a staycation. Things they considered included cost, warm temperatures, safety and locations with the most restaurants and the most attractions. There’s plenty around the country, but if you want to stay in the Sunshine State, four Florida cities made the list of the best in America for a staycation.

Best Cities in America for a Staycation:

  • 40. Detroit, MI

    MLB Opening Day postponed Due To Coronavirus

    (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • 39. New York City

    New York City Prepares To Mark The 15th Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks

    (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • 38. Nashville, TN

    Major Cities In The U.S. Adjust To Restrictive Coronavirus Measures

    (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • 37. Boston, MA

    U.S. Coast Guard Escorts "Old Iron Sides"

    (Photo by PA3 Kelly Newlin/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

  • 36. Chicago, IL

    Chicago Sees First Snow Fall Of Season

    (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • 35. Washington D.C.

    U.S. Capitol In Washington

    (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)

  • 34. Denver, CO

    Denver Prepares To Host The Democratic National Convention

    (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

  • 33. Philadelphia, PA

    Championship Series - San Diego Padres v Philadelphia Phillies - Game Five

    (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • 32. Big Island, HI

    IRONMAN World Championship

    (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

  • 31. Santa Fe, NM

    Scenic New Mexico

    (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images for Lumix)

  • 30. Minneapolis, MN

    Mall of America

    (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Liaison)

  • 29. Aspen, CO

    Winter X Games

    (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • 28. Louisville, KY

    147th Kentucky Derby

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

  • 27. Houston, TX

    Houston Gears Up For Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • 26. Austin, TX

    Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Climate Of Anxiety And Changing Routines In America

    (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • 25. Kansas City, MO

    Kansas City Royals Parade Celebration

    (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • 24. Los Angeles, CA


  • 23. San Diego, CA

    General view of downtown San Diego

    (Photo by Ken Levine /Getty Images)

  • 22. Phoenix, AZ

    Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500

    (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

  • 21. Las Vegas, NV

    Las Vegas Casinos Close Their Doors In Response To Coronavirus Pandemic

    (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 20. Seattle, WA


    (Photo by Dan Callister/Newsmakers)

  • 19. New Orleans, LA

    New Orleans Lets The Good Times Roll At Mardi Gras Celebration

    (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

  • 18. Atlanta, GA

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • 17. Savannah, GA

    20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival - Kyra Sedgewick Spotlight Award Presentation

    (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)

  • 16. Outer Banks, NC

    Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens North Carolina's Outer Banks

    (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • 15. Portland, OR

    Temperatures Soar As Heatwave Stretches Across The Nation

    (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

  • 14. Kauai, HI

    PGA Grand Slam of Golf

    (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

  • 13. Lake Tahoe, CA

    Travel Destination: Western USA

    (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • 12. San Francisco, CA

    San Francisco Will Study Golden Gate Tidal Movement As Energy Source

    (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • 11. Sedona, AZ

    Olympic Track Athlete Hassan Mead Portrait Session

    (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • 10. Cape Cod, MA

    Massachusetts Beaches Reopen For Memorial Day

    (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • 9. Stanley, ID

    Heat Wave Continues Across U.S.

    (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • 8. Charleston, SC

    Pleas Grow In West Virginia's Capitol Calling For The Removal Of Stonewall Jackson Monument

    (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)

  • 7. Miami, FL

    Miami Hotels Close Their Doors As Coronavirus Spreads In Florida

    (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • 6. Tampa, FL

    Tampa Bay Lightning Victory Rally & Boat Parade

    (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

  • 5. Moab, UT

    Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, UT.

    (Photo by Harvey Meston/Getty Images)

  • 4. Page, AZ

    Lake Powell At Historic Low Levels In Drought-Stricken West

    (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • 3. Key West, FL

    Key West World Championship Powerboat Races

    (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via Getty Images)

  • 2. Orlando, FL

    Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 45th Anniversary to Colorful Fanfare

    (Photo by Jacqueline Nell/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

  • 1. Myrtle Beach, SC

    Americans Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend At Myrtle Beach As South Carolina Opens Amusement Parks

    (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)





Marija was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Florida in 2018. She loves dogs, kayaking, concerts, beachin', checking out new restaurants & is always planning her next vacation. Follow her on Instagram @marija127

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