First, the parameters: The “Chicago Style” hot dog got its start during the Great Depression with street-cart vendors. Money was scarce, but business was booming for these entrepreneurs who offered a delicious, hot meal on a bun for only a nickel. It starts with an all-beef hot dog Vienna Beef dogs are considered the traditional frank for the true experience) nestle it in a steamed poppy-seed bun and cover it with a wonderful combination of toppings:
• Yellow mustard
• Chopped white onion (raw)
• Neon green relish
• Sport peppers
• Tomato wedges
• Crisp kosher dill pickle spear
• Dash of celery salt
This unique dog design—with a “salad on top” and its masticanical mixing of hot and cold, crisp and soft, sharp and smooth—is said to be “America’s original fast food” and a true Chicago institution.
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