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Best Chicago Hot Dog?

Where can I go to get the best authentic Chicago hot dog and what exactly is on a "Chicago hot dog"?

4 Answers

top answer by
Leah from Los Angeles

I've only ever been to The Wiener's Circle, which is an interesting establishment to say the least, but the dogs there are pretty darn good. Chicago-style hot dogs are "dragged through the garden," which means they're topped with mustard, relish, pickles, onions, tomatoes, sport peppers, and celery salt.

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  1. The Wiener's Circle (restaurant)
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answered first by
Jae from Singapore

Many would agree that a Chicago style hot dog is one in which ketchup does not participate. 

For me, the dog itself must be snappy, and served with the following ingredients: sweet green relish, sport peppers, raw onions, dash of celery salt.

The Portillos in Naperville has decent char dogs- try one from there if you haven't already. Or, go to Gene's & Jude's

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answered by
Eric from Chicago

Every person you ask this to will have a different answer.  A place called Flub A Dub Chub's is one of my favorites.  There is also Franks 'N' DawgsGene's & Jude's, and Redhot Ranch Which all get a lot of voted.  Best bet it try them all!

Technically a Chicago dog is an all beef dog with a poppyseed bun with mustard, relish, onion, tomato, a pickle spear, sport peppers and celery salt.  There are a lot of variation, just don't ask for Ketchup!!

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  1. Flub A Dub Chub's (restaurant)
  2. Franks 'N' Dawgs (restaurant)
  3. Gene's & Jude's (restaurant)
  4. Redhot Ranch (attraction)
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answered by
Dabs from Chicago

I'm not a fan of mustard or relish so I'm not qualified to comment on the best really but I will tell you that people who do like them have mentioned Gene's & Jude's, Superdawg and Portillo's.  Since you live in Naperville, I'm going to assume that if you haven't been living in a cave this past week that you know that Hot Doug's served it's final dog (and you wouldn't have stood in that line for a Chicago hot dog in any event.)


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  1. Gene's & Jude's (restaurant)
  2. Superdawg (restaurant)
  3. Portillo's (restaurant)
  4. Hot Doug's (restaurant)
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