The people of Chicago are very opinionated about their hot dogs and I was warned early on that I should never ever ever put ketchup on a hot dog. Since I typically only eat hot dogs at Costco with ketchup and onions (not ok), we decided to not only get a Chicago dog but to try a few and find the best.
In case you don't know what goes into a Chicago dog, let me tell you. You start with an all beef hot dog on a poppyseed bun then top it with yellow mustard, chopped white onion, sweet pickle relish (dyed neon green), a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers, and celery salt.
There are so many hot dog stands in Chicago, it was difficult to pick the few that we could visit, but we did some research and asked around and finally decided on these: Morrie O'Malley's, Weiner's Circle and Chubby Weiners.
I was actually surprised to discover that the Chicago dog combo tasted good... I actually had a craving the other day for one. So, it turned out to be a pretty fun trip around the city hunting for our favorite "beef."
Morrie O'Malley's was good. I liked the bun and the overall taste, but we docked them points for not respecting tradition by adding a cucumber spear to their Chicago dog. They also had the least expensive dog of all the places we sampled and their location was convenient to the White Sox field and had plenty of street parking.
Weiner's Circle was in a much busier part of town, so it took us some time to find parking. Once we were in, their service was quick but their Chicago dog was the most expensive (at $3.50) and it was a little bit soggy. We thought that may have been because of the 2 pickle spears.
Chubby Wieners was close to Wrigley Field and they had indoor seating and good service. In the end, we chose this as our favorite for the day. I also gave them creativity bonus points for having a menu item called the "Capitalist Pig"... a Chicago dog that comes with a rare bottle of Whiskey for a mere $250.
Chicago was so much fun! After we recovered from eating hot dogs all day, we went to a sports pub and watched the Bears game. I love the spirit of the people of Chicago and I can't wait to come back!