Jonesing for a Hot Dog in the Time of COVID-19

Hot dogs are perhaps the most social of meats. It’s still not that hard to remember the days when your dog was passed down a row of people at Wrigley while you passed down your five bucks the other way while sitting on your ass. Everybody touched your dog. Everybody touched your money. And remember... Read more »

Three Dog Day: Iconic Chicago Joints Examined

A few years back, Hot-C and I asked three buddies to join us in a hot dog tour of three popular hot dog stands so we could compare note and fill our bellies at the same time. What makes a great dog? And who provides it? We have been in pursuit of this knowledge for... Read more »

Hot Dog Fest in Full Swing

For the seventh year in a row, the Chicago History Museum is sponsoring its yearly Hot Dog Festival, featuring guest speakers and no fewer than seventeen purveyors of encased meat, at least one of them using guacamole as a condiment, of all things. You don’t see hot dog joints barging into Chipotle and begging them... Read more »

H. Dog Serves Up a True Working Man's Dog

5341 S. Archer Avenue Chicago, IL 60632 Tel: 773-585-5260 3-1/2 Dogs (Out of Five) Clearly a working man’s dog, with a burly, crew-cut clientele jawboning at each other between gargantuan bites of dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, this place says “South Side” all the way. Will there be a marked difference between our familiar and... Read more »

When Harry Met Elvis

I’m a hot dog guy, but I love me some good barbecued ribs, too. When your Chicago roots run as deep as mine do (I was born at Ravenswood Hospital), mustard shares your veins with barbecue sauce. And like many Chicagoans and Americans, I’m a Harry Caray and Elvis fan, too. Once upon a time,... Read more »

Help a Small Business, Not a Stupid Politician

The guy has been selling hot dogs out of a cart for thirty years. People love him, and significantly, they love his hot dogs. But when the cold wind blows through Indy (and it’s going to start blowing harder) it’s no fun. The thing is, folks are still hungry in winter. They still crave a... Read more »

Superhotdogger Flies Over North Avenue Beach

Oscar Mayer’s Superhotdogger took flight over North Avenue Beach yesterday in a mini-spectacle designed to make people hungry for hot dogs (as if anyone needed a reason to accomplish that in Chicago). Hot-C and I viewed it from an Oscar Mayer chartered boat, which had plenty of beer and hot dogs available, including the Sandwich... Read more »

Look, Up in the Sky, It’s Superhotdogger!

There’s a new Superhero coming to town. He does not have a beef with Superman and he’s not interested in slipping him a kryptonite sandwich. His interest leans more toward fulfilling his goal of getting an Oscar Mayer hot dog into as many hands as he can – and he’s taking flight to do it.... Read more »

Food Network’s Sandwich King Jeff Mauro Rolls Out (Flies Out?) New Hot Dog Recipes to Kick Off Summer

Amazon can keep its drones. Food Network’s Sandwich King Jeff Mauro and Oscar Mayer are teaming up to bring a specially equipped jet pack called the Super Hotdogger to deliver hot dogs to Chicagoans to kick off summer. Mauro has even added three brand new hot dog recipes to liven up your grill this summer.... Read more »

Vienna Beef Opens Museum for 125th Anniversary

For those stalwart few who have watched this space, you already know that Vienna Beef hot dogs have me in their thrall. It’s the mesmerizing combination of garlic and snap that can make me float, like a cartoon dog, to a hot dog stand serving same. Not an easy trick for someone over 250 lbs.... Read more »