Summertime is synonymous with grilling. However it doesn’t have to be in the high heat of summer for you to get your hot dog fix in Chicago. This city loves their dogs. They even have their own style of dog named after them, Chicago style. So, no matter the time of year you are in the Windy City, there is never a bad time to enjoy one of America’s favorite foods. Not all dogs are alike however. Island Trader Vacations invites you to come with us as we reviews some of the best Chicago has to offer.
Jimmy’s Red Hots on w. Grand Ave has been serving Chicago for over 50 years, and is the favorite of many Chicagoans. This is a no frills joint, they only accept cash, and you order at the walk up window. This place is best enjoyed in the warmer weather when you can head over to one of the city’s parks and sit down and enjoy it. One of the most popular choices is the Depression Dog a Chicago staple.
Red Hot Ranch is also a cash only establishment on N. Western Ave. They have their own version of the Depression dog that is also popular throughout the city. It is a classic Vienna sausage served on a plain bun and is heaped with yellow mustard, onions, relish, spicy sport peppers and hand cut fries. They do serve ketchup here, but you are only supposed to use it for the fries. Apparently ketchup on a dog in Chicago is a big no-no.
Allium is a step above the rest when it comes to the Chicago style hot dog. The fact that it is located in the Four Seasons on E. Delaware Place should probably already give you that idea. They serve up an artisanal style Chicago dog. It is made from a house ground beef hot dog that is served on a poppy seed bun. It is then topped with a pickle. Everything else comes on the side and you can top it with sport peppers, onions, tomatoes and fries. They even give you quaint condiment bottles. This dog will set you back a bit more than the few dollars the other ones cost as these are $14 a snap.
Food tells a story when you travel and in Chicago, you can’t miss the hotdogs and of course the pizza. You can of course do the more highbrow dining establishments and eat at the in place, but the dogs of Chicago will always be a staple in your dining experience in the city.