Hot Beef Sundae


People fortunate enough to reside in Nebraska get to enjoy these hot beef sundaes. They'd go great with one of these Austin funnel cakes.

UPDATE: Photo taken by Matt Stoller at OpenLeft.

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  1. This seriously looks good, it’s a meat and potatoes w/ gravy meal in portable form, and that’s an innovation I can get behind.

    They probably could have found a better name than “Hot Beef Sundae” though. It sounds like one of those mythical teenage sex moves like “The Donkey Punch” or “The Dirty Sanchez”.

  2. oh, state fair food. nothing like a hot beef sundae before a boyz II men concert and a tilt-a-whirl ride.

  3. A few blocks away from my home, there’s a convenience store whose sign boldly advertises underneath its name: “FRIED CHICKEN DONUT SANDWICH”.

    While I’m sure it simply meant to emphasize these things a little more separately, my friends have nonetheless laboured under the fantasy that the “Fried chicken donut sandwich” exists. There has been rampant speculation of its exact configuration, and insistence that, one day, we shall walk proudly into the store and ask for, nay, DEMAND a Fried Chicken Donut Sandwich.

    Then we shall all die of cardiac arrest.

  4. It’s not a Fried Chicken Donut Sandwich unless it’s made with Krispy Kreme donuts(that’s plural, so there better be more then one).

    What? The world is going to destroyed by the LHC anyway, so why not treat yourself before you spaghettify?

  5. THAT’S what a hot beef sundae is?

    If you’ll excuse me, but I have to file a complaint against my local vendor. And charge him with sexual assault.

  6. I think Darkknightjared wins the comments.

    They’ve also got these at the Iowa State Fair. Don’t forget deep fried Milky Ways.

  7. I live in Lincoln and saw these at the state fair. As a vegetarian (yes, we exist in Nebraska), they didn’t look at all appealing to me, but I did think there was a clever marketer working behind the scenes. Perhaps a clever marketer who had read Seth Godin’s book Meatball Sundae.

  8. That’s nothin’, here in Minnesota we fry up Spam nuggets at the State Fair.

    Just to reiterate: Deep Fried Spam Nuggets. On a stick.

  9. This looks pretty much like a Beef Manhattan, but in a cup.

    A Beef Manhattan is a dish consisting of roast beef and gravy. It is often served with mash potatoes either on top or on the side.

  10. When I first scanned over this item I read this as “Austen FUNERAL cakes” not FUNNEL cakes!

    I suspect my first reading was pretty darn accurate looking at the cardiovascular delight pictured! >;)

  11. Okay, so the hot beef sundae trailer was across from our booth at the Nebraska State Fair this year. Honestly, it’s glorified mashed potatoes with a side of Texas Toast. I gave it a pass but my boss said it wasn’t that bad. Personally I go for the Fried Snickers.

  12. New York State Fair had these as well, I didn’t try one personally, but everyone I know who did agreed – it was awesome!

  13. I think the trouble with ‘Hot Beef Sundae’ is it evokes ‘hot beef injection’, and everyone knows what THAT is.

  14. It sounds good – you really can’t go wrong with sliced beef, mashed potatoes, and gravy. There would have to be a generous portion of beef to balance with all of the potatoes though. Yum!

    All of a sudden I feel like I should be bopped on the forehead and handed a V-8.

  15. A few blocks away from my home, there’s a convenience store whose sign boldly advertises underneath its name: “FRIED CHICKEN DONUT SANDWICH”.

    Ha! Reminds of a local grocery I used to visit a lot that had a huge, back-lit sign out front proclaiming its stocking of ‘FRESH FISH LIQUOR’, where there was an obvious lack of separation between ‘fish’ and ‘liquor’.

    Mmmmm… Fish liquor.

  16. I’ve seen Hot Beef Sundae, as well as the sequel, Hot Beef Sundae 2: Cherry on Top. Don’t bother watching any of the Waffle Bone spin offs, though – they’re made by a completely different company that bought the rights to the name after the production company went bankrupt due to the Dippin’ Dots lawsuit.

  17. This seems like an americanized version of poutienne. I’ve been wanting to try the latter, but I’m not sure it’s worth a trip to the state fair just to try an imitator. (being in Omaha, it wouldn’t be THAT far a trip.)

  18. You know what’s so weird? Just this morning I made an “eggs cream cone” for my two year old. I rolled half a tortilla into a cone shape and filled it with scramled eggs. I fantasized about topping it with salsa and sour cream or maybe some grated cheese.

  19. I checked out the websites but can’t find out: where in Nebraska did he find these? ‘Cause while I’m not surprised, I’ve lived in Omaha my entire life, and I swear I’ve never seen any ads for a Hot Beef Sundae.

    (Looks pretty tasty, though!)

  20. Oh come on, this is only a quarter step worse than the KFC border bowl.

    Anything that combines mash potatoes, tons of gravy, meat, and some type of dairy (cheese or sour cream) is like heaven in a bowl.

    Pop me some corn in there with a biscuit or cornbread on the side, and a 32oz sweet tea or Mountain Dew and I’m set.

    If only the KFC buffet had popcorn chicken. I could make my own, EXTRA SAUCY!

  21. The real creepiness comes from their description of the item. “A delightfully satisfying meal you will enjoy time after time, year after year.”

    Not only is it good, but it is also heavily laced with crack. You will never be able to stop coming back.

  22. Along the lines of the FRIED CHICKEN DONUT SANDWICH and the FRESH FISH LIQUOR, I used to live near a burger joint that advertised SHRIMP SHAKES.

  23. I’ve never had the hot beef sundae but at Kansas City’s B.B.’s Lawnside Barbeque you can get a BBQ Sundae which believe it or not is actually kind of tasty.

    Here’s the link and description…sorry no pics.

    Bar-B-Que Sundae

    From top to bottom this three-layered delight will satisfy any BBQ lover’s craving. Hickory smoked Pit Beans, creamy coleslaw and succulent Pulled Pork – served in a Mason jar and topped off with sauce and a pickle, $6.59

  24. had poutine (it’s french, i can spell it any way i want)in a macdonald’s in canada, it was pretty good, although i try to avoid potatoes these days. probably good on french bread, i’m going to have to try that.

  25. Mmm, looks tasty. Not unlike a hot beef sandwich. (Toast topped with mashed potatoes topped with meat + gravy.) Mmmm. I want one right now. :(

  26. fried spam on a stick. sounds good.

    years ago, at the MN state fair, I had pork chop on a stick. And Milk from Rudy!

  27. Okay I am totally salivating and need to eat one of these things SOON.

    I do like poutine but after one you need one more. Especially if it’s got franks in it. And then you ask What did I DO to myself???

    Which leads me to the obvious conclusion: That this thread is seriously missing a mention of NEW YORK STATE CURLY FRIES AND GRAVY (AND CHEESE). There, fixed that near-deadly careless omission.

    For extra points I have a very important additional mission for you. At Cornell University in Ithaca, backwoods New York State, there is an undergrad housing complex. (okay at least there was like 18 years ago). There is a little truck which silently parks just below it in the middle of the night. After midnight. This truck serves the most absolutely AMAZING meat sandwiches I have ever had. They have names like Ra-Ra, Re-Re and Ro-Ro. Maybe the Ro was roast beef. And then there was the TRIPLE SUICIDE which like the others featured toasted french bread and much melted cheese and gravy, but instead (or was it in ADDITION to?) it had THREE GIANT MEATBALLS INSIDE. It was great. I would consider flying 10,000 miles and drive 5 hours if I could have another Triple Suicide or even a Ra-Ra, Re-Re or Ro-Ro. And you could tell the guy (who is such a genius he deserves to be a millionaire) to “run it through the garden” and I think he would add mayonnaise and lettuce to it. This was far superior to another legendary and no longer present Ithaca tradition which was midnight breakfast at the Chapter House.

    Does anyone have any information about these sandwiches???? Please!

    Matt in Tokyo

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