A Chicago-style hot dog, Chicago dog, Chicago Red Hot is an all-beef frankfurter served on a poppy seed bun originating from the great city of Chicago. Chicago-Style hot dogs were born out of the Great Depression when street vendors would sell hot dogs from carts offering a great meal on a bun for .05 cents. Chicago hot dogs have risen from their humble roots to become known throughout the world as one of Chicago’s most iconic foods. Hot dog stands have also evolved to become a part of Chicago’s identity and a symbol of independent restaurateurs.
From hot dog stands that have been around for generations, to pizza parlors, sports venues, concert halls, and even some upscale restaurants, the classic Chicago-style hot dog can be found everywhere in the Windy City. However, just like deep-dish pizza and Italian beef, what a Chicagoan considers to be a Chicago-style hot dog is likely to differ depending on where they grew up in the city. Some neighborhood stands serve their hot dogs with only mustard, relish, and onions offering sport peppers as an option, while others add pickle spears, tomatoes, cucumbers, and celery salt. There’s also a few that serve their dogs with the “K” word aka “ketchup” which is often looked down upon if you’re a true Chicagoan.
At Gelazzi, we serve only Vienna Beef franks to make the best Chicago-style hot dogs this side of the old neighborhood. We take a Vienna Beef hotdog, serve it on a steamed poppyseed bun, and “Drag it Through the Garden”, adding yellow mustard, green relish, fresh chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, a kosher dill pickle spear, and sport peppers. You can get celery salt, giardiniera, or sweet peppers if you want but there’s definitely no ketchup here.
If you’re looking for an authentic Vienna Beef Chicago-style hot dog in Houston, visit Gelazzi in the historic Houston Heights.
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“NO FRIES, CHIPS, NO PEPSI, COKE, AND THE HOTDOGS ARE LEGIT PURE VIENNA BEEF.”
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