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Chicago Hot Dog-2

– photo courtesy of http://4.bp.blogspot.com

Feast your eyes on the genuine article; the real deal, the, “Chicago-style hot dog”.  Yes, my dear readers, this little number is a certified, true Chicago hot dog! I shall list the ingredients in no particular order:  yellow mustard (a must), white onions, sweet pickle relish (very green, if you know what I mean), a wedge of dill pickle, tomato slices, a pickled sport pepper (whatever on earth that is), and a dash a celery salt for good measure! Oh, my, I forgot to mention the hot dog itself! It is an all-beef number, with the carrying case a poppy-seed bun!

Chicago Hot Dog no ketchup sign

– photo courtesy of caterpickles.files.wordpress.com

The above sign speaks volumes in this town; Chicagoans take frankfurters feasting very seriously.  Case in point:

Chicago Hot Dog no ketchup book

– photo courtesy of sportsworldchicago.com

There is actually a book about the holy grail of hot dog dignity in this city.  Woe betide the unfortunate soul who dare sneak a ketchup packet into their pocket in any hard-core hot dog handler in CHItown.  Joe Mantegna (who stars in the hit tv show, “Criminal Minds”) wrote the preface for this book.  And yes, Joe is from The Windy City no less!  I am sure in Joe’s eyes, ketchup on hot dogs is criminal in and of itself!!!  The Foreword was written by Bob Sirott, also a Chicagoan and radio host to boot.

Ah, and what would all the lure and lore be without a festival to honor such frankfurter fodder?

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

– picture courtesy of chicagohotdogfest.com

This weekend marks the annual, “Chicago Hot Dog Fest”, hosted by the Chicago History Museum.  And so, at this point are you pondering the same query as I am?  Hot dogs and a history museum.  What is the connection?

Chicago Hot Dog Dress Up

– photo courtesy of barryandstefblog.com

Now that is what I call customizing your cuisine! Here is my little dogma on the dog deal:  The above photo is a display of a hot dog at the Chicago History Museum.  As you may notice, there are a plethora of ingredients with which to um, ‘dress’ your hot dog.  I wonder if this is a test:  placing the wrong ingredients on you (I mean, ‘your’) frankfurter in a sheer and utter defiant dog mode brings with it lights, sirens, and a sticker on your forehead with the forbidden fruit sign on it.  You are escorted off the premises, and the lesson of Chicago Hot Dog History is complete!

Chicago Hot Dog no ketchup sign

– picture courtesy of peerlessprognosticator.blogspot.com

Why don’t you give it a try? I double-dog dare ya!

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52 thoughts on “Friday File – Fest of Frankfurters – Get ’em while they’re hot!

  1. I am a vegetarian, but I have to say, this had my mouth watering 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      They are really good, Kimberly! But you could probably try a veggie dog (shhh, I won’t tell anyone here in Chicago!) *grin* Cher xo

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      1. Ha! If they are that upset over ketchup, I can only imagine the response if I ordered a veggie dog!!

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        *LOL* That’s why I said I wouldn’t tell anyone! *biggest grin* My mother loves veggie hot dogs!!

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  2. Aw! You’re making me hungry! Where’s the chili? 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Oh yes, I feel the same way, Billy Ray! Well, they’d only let us put the chili on the side here in this city! Back home, we’re not so particular about our hot dogs! The more stuff the better!! Cher xo

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  3. Poetsmith says:

    Gosh! What a lovely mouthful of a hot dog! Looks so very delicious. And as for the museum display, it’s so interesting, Cher. Do have a lovely weekend and don’t eat too many hot dogs!! 🙂 Leave some for me! 🙂 Love, Iris.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Isn’t it just, Iris? If I know anything about Chicago, it is that the folks here take deep dish pizza and hot dogs very seriously (in the food world, that is)! *grin* And to you as well, my dear! Thank you and oh yes, always for you!! Love, Cher xo

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      1. Poetsmith says:

        Thanks, Cher. Enjoy your hot dogs! 😉

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        And please enjoy your weekend!! Love, Cher xo

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  4. The last time I was up in Chicago I made for a store to get the neon relish. bun and the sports pickles because I can only find them there. Found suitable hot dogs here…love those things!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      That is awesome! Did you buy the poppy seed buns? We are having hot dogs for dinner tonight! All this talking in my post about them today made me want them! *LOL* Cher xo

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      1. Oh heck yeah! And the celery salt…I so need to get to Chicago 🙂 I’ll trade you some Timmies if you ship me the relish and peppers LOL

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        My dear, you have yourself a deal!! *LOL*

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  5. sachemspeaks says:

    Way too hot for me 😥

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      How about a nice glass of lemonade instead? 🙂

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  6. I’m a mustard and sweet relish girl, just like my dad. 🙂 That looks like an awesome dog!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Well I must tell you (shhh, it’s a secret) I am kind of that way myself! But living in Chicago, I have to keep that quiet (*as Cher removes all ingredient save the mustard and relish)! 🙂

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      1. LOL Here people are a little more tolerant of one’s choices.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        *LOL* Hehehehe!!! Cher xo

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  7. Now that was a fun post! Wishing you a superb Saturday.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Well thank you my dear! And to you as well! Please stop by anytime!! Cher xo

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  8. nikibayard says:

    where do you come up with this stuff 🙂 oh yeah Chicago 😉
    yes, I am here 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, Niki! Happy Friday to you, dear! Yes, it IS Chicago; that says it I think! *grin* Cher xo

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  9. Cher, what a fun post today! If there’s one thing most people like, it’s food – in any shape or form or taste. Had no idea Chicagoans were so particular and possessive about their dogs. Well, good! Why not? Every city should have something to brag about (food!) and have featured in their city’s museum, of all things!! I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings, but just give me a good ol’ Brooklyn hot dog – hold everything except the mustard and green (really bright green) relish! Well, maybe some of the chopped onions sauteed in that special sauce courtesy of the hot dog street venders in Manhattan, could be thrown in, too. OMG! My mouth is watering, and what have I done to myself? How am I going to get to sleep with visions of hot dogs floating around in my head? Ha.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi dear Carol! Yes, your description is making me hungry! *LOL* I must say it is the most unique way to eat a hotdog that I’ve ever seen (the Chicago hot dog) but it is most definitely not for everyone!! I hope you are having a terrific weekend!! Here’s to hot dogs and whatever you want on them (can’t say that too loud, though!) 🙂 Cher xo

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      1. Don’t worry. I’ll keep it our little secret! 🙂 xo

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Thank you, Carol! *whew*! *grin* Cher xo

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  10. JunkChuck says:

    Illuminating. I rarely eat hot dogs that aren’t robed in a savory layer of deep-friend cornbread, but when I do I go for onions and ketchup. I’d not idea this added yet another sin to my book of them–damn thing is longer than The Faerie Queen.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Well my dear, I’ve never had a deep-fried cornbread anytime, truth be told! But it does sound delightful! I am now following your wonderful blog, and please do stop by The Chicago Files anytime!! Cher xo

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  11. Gator Woman says:

    Must have Kraut on my dog!!!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* I’ve never tried that before!! Cher xo

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      1. Gator Woman says:

        Every single Saturday on my way home from the Garment District in L.A., I would drive thru Der Wienerschnitzel for a Kraut Dog.
        OMG I do so miss that place!!!!
        Remember I have German/Prussian Ancestors~
        My Grandfather was a Weintraut.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Oh wow! We took an architectural tour through L.A. a few months ago and went through the Garment District! I’d love to go back and try that place!! Cher xo

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      3. Gator Woman says:

        They are all over the state and the West, but not here~
        SOB!

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        I’ve never heard of them before! Awh, that’s too bad they aren’t in FL!

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      5. Gator Woman says:

        Don’t think they are east of the MS .

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        Ah, that’s too bad. They sound like they should be everywhere! 🙂

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  12. This is one of the absolutes. Undeniable.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      It most certainly is in this town, Bruce; it certainly is!! *LOL* Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      That is brilliant and I agree with every single point! No arguing ABOOT that! *biggest grin ever* Thank you, dear seeker! Cher xo

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      1. seeker says:

        Can’t wait to see you post it 🙂

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Why seeker, what an utterly perfect idea!! *another biggest grin* merci!! xo

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      3. seeker says:

        Somehow it’s funnier when I read it from someone’s site than mine. You do it better than I can. My pleasure..

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Oh I don’t think I can do it better than you, dear seeker, but you must let me give you credit for finding it! xoxo

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  13. Tanveer Rauf says:

    yummy tempting mouthwatering:)

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, yes I quite agree my dear!! Cher xo

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  14. Your hotdogs look delicious!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, thank you! They are a unique blend, that is for certain, Veronica!! Cher xo

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  15. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Well it was indeed my pleasure, dear Russel! Please come back anytime, as it appears you left your campsite in immaculate condition! Well done, dear! Cher xo

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