Chicago-style hot dog

That’s the Chicago (dog) way

Originally appeared in the July 28, 2011 edition of The Southside Times.

Ten years ago, I was living in the “City of the Big Shoulders,” attending culinary school.  On some of the more lonely afternoons between classes (and with just a few bucks in my sauce-spattered pockets), I’d make the half-mile walk to Division Street to Sammy’s Red Hots for a Chicago dog and fries.  It was comforting to indulge in a simple treat, just one of the gastronomic novelties the Windy City had to offer.  So here’s the deal: for the sake of authenticity, nine separate components need to be represented in a true Chi-town dog.  Read more after the jump: (more…)