What the Hell Were They Thinking: (Hot) Doggie Style


What the Hell Were They Thinking: (Hot) Doggie Style

By Meryl Fulinara

There is nothing I am more passionate about than meat in tube form. And yes, I realize stating that right below the words “doggie style” probably isn’t the best idea. Like myself, there are few things Chicagoans take more seriously than their wieners.

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Purists believe in an all-beef hot dog, poppy seed bun, tomato, pickle, sport peppers, relish, chopped onion, celery salt and mustard. To the rest of America, that’s a salad. In Chicago, it’s the Holy Grail.

But the sanctity that is the Chicago-style hot dog is not without sausage sacrilege. This is the Midwest, after all. So, in a region that is always in the running for “America’s Fattest Something-or-other,” gluttony is king. Here are two of our must-try hot dog mashups the Windy City has to offer:

Franks ‘N’ Dawgs – Brunch Dog

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Prepare the moist towelettes because if this doesn’t get all over your face, you’re not man enough to eat it. The Brunch Dog at Franks ‘n’ Dawgs in Lincoln Park (1863 N. Clybourn Ave.) is everything good about brunch, wrapped in a New England-style hot dog bun. It starts with a Slagel Farms breakfast sausage and is topped with cob-smoked bacon, a fried egg, and drizzled with maple mayo. The perfect balance of salty and sweet is enough to help kick your hangover’s ass and then some.

(Image courtesy Franks ‘N’ Dawgs)

HOPPIN HOTS – POUTIN HOT

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Drake who? No one has been reppin’ Canada as hard as poutine. And as one of my favorite exports from the North in recent years, I was excited to hear about the Poutin Hot at Hoppin Hots in Andersonville (1477 W. Balmoral Ave.). Your choice of a beef, duck, or a veggie hot dog, with fresh cut pommes frites, deep-fried cheese curds, drenched in beef gravy and topped with house-pickled red onions to give the otherwise rich dish a tangy kick. Cue one of them slower Drake joints. This one is an orgasm to the taste buds.

(Above image courtesy Sean C. via Yelp. Below image … unsettling)

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