Friday, June 20, 2008

Illinois, USA: Chicago-style hot dogs

They say it's taboo to put ketchup on a genuine Chicago dog. A Chicago dog is a steamed or boiled all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun. Toppings include mustard, sweet pickle relish, onion, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, sport peppers, and celery salt, but never ketchup! So since I was in Chicago, I made sure to try one.

I found a hot dog stand in Navy Pier which serves different types of hot dog sandwiches from across America. On the menu of America's Dog are the following:
  • Chicago dog - mustard, relish, onion, sport peppers, tomato, pickle and celery salt
  • Buffalo dog - Buffalo sauce, bleu cheese and celery salt
  • Dallas dog - chili, onion and shredded cheddar cheese
  • New York dog - sauerkraut and brown mustard
  • Baltimore dog - deep-fried dog, melted cheddar cheese and grilled onions
  • Kansas City dog - melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and yellow mustard
  • Louisiana dog - BBQ sauce, grilled onions and tomato
  • Green Bay dog - melted cheddar cheese
  • Atlanta dog - coleslaw, chili, mustard, ketchup and onion
  • Pittsburgh dog - chili and yellow mustard

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