Often, when it comes to Hot Dogs here in Chicago - I'm the one most often referred to!
However, my wife and our Team member, Sue Moss, offers these Hot Spots for the best Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, here in the city and the suburbs.
Before we begin, you have to understand the dos-and-dont's of Chicago Hot Dogs.
First of all, true Chicago Dogs have a slightly-smoky taste, and medium-thick skin. The best we've found are Vienna All-Beef Hot Dogs, manufactured right here near the corner of Damen and Clybourn, on the North Side of Chicago. Vienna Hot Dogs are shipped, at great expense, all over the country, but they originate right here on the North Side!
Never call our dogs "franks"! Or "weiners!" Or anything else, OK? They're simply HOT DOGS (Unless you're ordering a Jumbo Dog, or a Maxwell Street Polish Sausage - mmmmmm!)
Chicago-Style Hot Dogs come with loads and loads of the fixins - chopped onions, diced tomatoes, sport peppers, green peppers, lettuce, a pickle spear, mustard, and celery salt. A few of the more adventuresome add sauerkraut to their dogs. That's ok - but you probably won't get to spend the night with anybody after you eat a few Kraut Dogs for dinner - if you know what we mean!
Chilli on a dog? You might get special dispensation if you come from Cincinnatti, but one-time only!
And - FOR GOSH SAKES - NEVER, NEVER, NEVER put ketchup on a Chicago-Style Hot Dog! If you do, we're going to have to kill you. Most likely, ketchup was invented so mothers can smear it all over every food they want their kids to eat. So, unless your younger than seven years old - BAG THE KETCHUP ON YOUR DOG! OK? (You DO want to live, don't ya?)
The Weiners Circle - 2622 N. Clark Street in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood of Chicago. When asked, what's your secret, they simply responded that it's probably because their hot dogs are kept in their original casings. Cost of Marcus' favorite hot dog -- $2.40.
Mustard's Last Stand - 1613 Central Street in Suburban Evanston. Mustard's is steps from Ryan Field, the Football Home of the Northwestern Universtiy Wildcats. It caters to many Northwestern students. Cost of Marcus' favorite hot dog -- $2.49.
Hot Doug's is over at 3324 N. California Avenue near the Logan Square Neighborhood. This establishment even has its own theme song. Cost of Marcus' favorite hot dog -- $2.50.
Morrie O'Malley's at 3501 S. Union Avenue in the Bridgeport Neighborhood, near dreaded U.S Cellular Field on the South Side. Morrie's has been in the business of selling hot dogs to White Sox fans for 19 years. Cost of Marcus' favorite hot dog -- $2.00.
Here are three of my favorite hot dog spots, not rated by Marcus -
Gene & Jude's, 2720 River Road in Suburban River Grove. This establishment has been around since the ‘50s with the same, simple menu consisting of hot dog, fresh cut fries and tamales. That's it. What a gold mine!
SuperDawg, located at 6363 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago's Norwood Park Neighborhoood, has been at this same location since May, 1948. Another gold mine, a bit pricier than the other spots mentioned, but well worth it. You can't miss it, just look for the two ten-foot ceramic hot dogs, made famous in the movie Wayne's World in the 1980's, on top of this vintage car-hop drive-in. You'll find SuperDawg at the intersections of Milwaukee, Nagle and Devon Avenues.
Chubby's, at 4652 N. Western Avenue in Chicago's Lincoln Square Neighborhood, just steps away from the Dean's Team World Headquarters, down here in the basement, and across from the Western Avenue Brown Line L Station. Great Vienna All-Beef Dogs - and special price promotions, too! On promotional days, chow down on two Chicago Style Hot Dogs, complete with hot, fresh-cut fries - for only $2.99!
So come to visit us in Chicago - and don't forget to sample the Local Cuisine!
Check out our post via BlogChicagoHomes.com for more info on Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, and links to the Marcus' Metromix Review.
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