Don’t ask for ketchup when you order one of the legendary dogs that come topped with a fistful of fries at this standing-room-only institution that’s been serving ’em up since 1946. The surly types behind the counter don’t go for weak stuff like that. Claim your place at the end of the perpetually long line and entertain yourself by watching potatoes being cut and fried into perfect greasy strips while you wait. Once it’s your turn, order your dog with everything, then count your blessings for the wax paper–wrapped bliss that lies before you.
There's no denying that the hot dog is a major food group in Chicago, right next to Chicago deep dish pizza. The best Chicago hot dog restaurants crank out red hots topped with mustard, onions, relish, pickle spears, tomato, sport peppers and celery salt. (If you didn't already know, those are the key ingredients in a true Chicago-style dog.) Of course, there's room for creativity, and many of the top Chicago hot dog restaurants also experiment with toppings like foie gras, kimchi and even—gasp!—ketchup. Lucky for you and your wallet, these sausages are among the best cheap eats in Chicago—even more reason to scarf down a red hot while checking out classic Chicago attractions. Scope out the best Chicago hot dog restaurants and don't forget that mustard is the best condiment and that fries are always encouraged.
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