It is said that a Chicago-style hot dog is a true Chicagoans only source of vegetables, that may give you a clue what you're in for here. We're talking encased meat, or in my case, TVP, served on a poppy seed bun and topped with onions, relish, pickle spears, tomato wedges, cutie sport peppers and mustard, but NOT ketchup, oh no! Or possibly, a tad of Ketchup. As amazing as all of that sounds, what really rounds out this most delectable of dogs *insert drumroll* a dash of celery salt! The first time I experienced this phenomenon, I was convinced a pretty and most magical fairy had sprinkled my hot dog in pixie dust!
So, now you're planning a trip to Chicago, right? Well, when you get here, you'll find there're a ton of hot dog stands and I'm sure most of them are worth a visit, but I am going to share one gem, and one alone, and this gem is called Hot Doug's. I'm mentioning Hot Doug's in particular, because Doug makes me wish I ate encased meats! In addition to the aforementioned Chicago-style dog, he offers specials, things like: White Wine and Dijon Rabbit Sausage with Truffle Sauce Moutarde and Port Salut Cheese. Which, ya, costs $6, a substantial amount more than your usual hot dog, but rabbits and truffles, I doubt there's even any rat hair in the thing.
Today I learned that Hot Doug's is the first establishment in Chicago to be hit with a citation since the city-wide foie gras ban has gone into effect. All for serving-up fatty duck liver dogs.