Almost Wordless Wednesday: Now THIS Is A Chicago Style Hot Dog

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Chicago Style Hot Dog

There is only one sure way to recognize a Chicago Style Hot Dog.  Since I was a little girl, I’ve always looked forward to enjoying my hot dogs the traditional way -- the exact same way in which they are constructed in my hometown.  Of course, it is imperative that all 'authentic' Chicago Style Hot Dogs have the following ingredients:

Steamed Poppy Seed Bun
Kosher Beef Hot Dog
Yellow Mustard
Fresh Sliced Tomatoes
Fresh Green Pickle Relish
Fresh Chopped Onions
Kosher Pickle Spear
Sport Peppers
Dash of Celery Salt

And never, never, never any ketchup!  Did I mention never?

Once you taste a 'genuine' Chicago Style Hot Dog, you may never eat your hot dog any other way again.  Plus, don't be fooled by imitators.  I've seen lots of hot dogs out there claiming to be Chicago Style Hot Dogs.  But, you have to trust me on this one.  Being from Chicago, I’ve had my share of these scrumptuous, little beauties.  And, let me tell you ... they are truly one-of-a-kind!

 

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Bob Crane
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Thanks Carie, it looks so good.  Now one of my tasks for tomorrow is to find or make a Chicago dog for lunch.

May 30, 2012 03:55 PM #27
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Michael J. Perry
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I've never had one of these but will make an effort next time I'm in Chicago !!!

May 30, 2012 10:30 PM #28
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Looks fantastic, but I can feel the indigestion already.  LOL!  It does look good.                                                                                         

May 30, 2012 10:31 PM #29
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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What?  No ketshup???  It does look really good though!  I guess I could do it just once, if I were in Chicago:-)

May 30, 2012 10:56 PM #30
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
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One of my favorite lunches !  Ketchup only allowed on the fries.

May 30, 2012 11:11 PM #31
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Carie, this is something I've never tried... a Chicago-style hot dog.  If I ever get a chance I will definitely try one of these great looking dogs.

May 30, 2012 11:31 PM #32
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Kate Elim
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Hi Carie...It's funny how different parts of the country have their specialties.  I was raised in Connecticut and a hot dog with "the works" meant:

  • fresh, soft hot dog roll
  • tangy mustard
  • sweet relish
  • saurekraut
  • chopped onions
  • crispy bacon bits (the real stuff)

No ketchup!

Now you've got me wanting one and it's only 9:32 in the morning. 

Your photo looks so good, perhaps I'll have to fix one of yours and the next time I make one with "the works" I should take a picture and share that.

Kate

May 30, 2012 11:37 PM #33
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Phil Leng
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Hi Carie,

Good thing you showed a picture!

It looks more like a subway sandwich on a different bun!!

Phil

May 31, 2012 12:30 AM #34
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Sandy Acevedo
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I never need much of an excuse to eat, and just by showing me that picture, I have to go out for a while and hunt one down. Looks good!!

May 31, 2012 12:33 AM #35
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

John:  Yes, I think you will be happy you tried your hot dog this way!

Bud & Beth:  Glad I made you smile ... it definitely made me smile too :)

Janis:  The Kosher hot dogs are the best!

Nancy:  Isn't it great?!?  The memories we keep (especially of food) from around our hometowns :)

Connie:  I grew up on Lou Malnati's pizza too!  Spent a lot of time at their Lincolnwood location throughout high school :)

Dick:  Oh, wow!  Your meal from Hot Doug's sounds wonderful!  And, fries cooked in duck fat ... I need those :)

Richard:  Celery salt makes such a difference, doesn't it?

Francine:  Worth the trip, for sure :)

Paula:  Then, your husband knows what I'm talking about :)  They are yummy!

Lenn:  Thanks!  Maybe a new career?  Traveling foodie real estate broker, consultant and food reviewer??

 

May 31, 2012 01:02 AM #36
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Mike Carlier
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In the really old days and in season, fresh cucumber slices were often used instead of the pickle spear.  Either way, Chicago Dogs and Italian Beef Sandwiches topped with sweet bell peppers are my home town favorites.  Also, I don't know if it really tastes different, but the neon-green relish from the Chicago Pickle Company is classic.  It may be time for a road trip.

May 31, 2012 01:08 AM #37
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Carla:  I agree ... the kosher dogs are the best!  And, I've actually been to Cupid's and I like their hot dogs too.

Tammy:  Yes, you gotta have that snap!  And, you're welcome for the spammer points :)

Endre:  It does make you hungry looking at it, doesn't it?  So, what did you have for dinner? :)

Eric:  You should try it with a meatless substitute -- I understand they make some that taste pretty good.  And, your theory about ketchup is hilarious :)

Joy:  They are just too good ... once in awhile :)

Evelyn:  Sport peppers look like little 'torpedoes' and they can be quite hot.  And, your comment about ketchup is too funny :)

Jim:  You can use a little ... I just won't look :)

Joan:  I know ... I get the craving looking at it too!

Tammie:  I can't find the poppy seed buns anywhere either!  And, it's so funny you mention the Italian Beef sandwiches because my friend and I were just talking about those yesterday.  How they put the hot and sweet peppers on them after dunking the sandwich in the juice.  Ok, now I'm craving an Al's Italian Beef sandwich :)

Karen Anne:  Sorry I made you so hungry so close to midnight :)  But, now I'm hungry after reading your comment ... LOL

 

 

May 31, 2012 01:31 AM #38
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Cheryl:  As they say, try it ... you'll like it!

Bob:  Hope you enjoy your Chicago dog today!

Michael:  You'll be so glad you made the effort :)

Amanda & Jared:  The indigestion is just part of the whole, wonderfully delicious experience :)

Myrl:  When in Rome :)  I think you'll enjoy it with mustard!

Linda:  I'm with you on both counts!

Rebecca:  Yes, when you have a chance you should definitely try one ... they are yummy!

Kate:  You're right ... it is interesting how food is eaten a little differently depending on where you are.  And, I must say ... your hot dog does sound mighty delicious too.  But, more importantly, our hot dogs have one very important quality in common ... no ketchup :)

Phil:  Yes, there is a lot happening on top of that hot dog, for sure :)

Sandy:  I know ... the picture makes you want one right away, doesn't it :)

Mike:  Your hometown favorites are some of my hometown favorites too!  And, I like the way you described the 'neon-green relish' ... I'll have to check out the Chicago Pickle Company!

 

May 31, 2012 01:54 AM #39
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Carie - People here don't even know what an Italian beef is. Makes we miss Chicago.

May 31, 2012 04:53 AM #40
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Kathryn Acciari
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Talk about loaded! That dog is dressed to the max. Looks yummy.

May 31, 2012 06:48 AM #41
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Carie Shapiro
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Tammie:  Lots of things make me miss Chicago when I'm away too :)

Kathryn:  Yes, dressed to the max indeed :)  And, as delicious as it looks!

May 31, 2012 10:35 AM #42
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Thanks Carie, I showed your post to my wife and got 2 improvised "Chicago dog wannabees" for breakfast and for dinner we had more only this time with all the important ingredients.

May 31, 2012 01:45 PM #43
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Carie Shapiro
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Bob:  Ha!  Your comment made me smile this morning :)  So, do tell ... what's the verdict on your Chicago Style Hot Dog(s)?

Jun 01, 2012 12:50 AM #44
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They were very delicious.  My wife, Sally, takes a challenge seriously, and they were very close to those that you get down in Chicago, but not quite the same.

Thank you for the suggestion!

Jun 01, 2012 01:07 AM #45
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Nancy Laswick
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Great photo Carie, there is a great guy who has a hot dog stand in Tempe that produces an exact duplicate even down to the peppers and celery salt. He prides himself on selling a true Chicago Style Dog. Now I'm thinking that maybe I should preview homes in Tempe today :-)

 

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