It's National Hot Dog Month! Let's head to Old Town Social for some mini dogs.
Old Town Social Chicago’s reigning sausage king, Jared Van Camp, has made every kind of encased meat under the sun for his gastropub, whose late-night atmosphere is a curious cross between turn-of-the-century elegance and nightclub douchebaggery. But he says his toughest challenge was creating these all-natural mini hot dogs ($10) from scratch. The trio of diminutive franks includes a fluffy corn dog, served with housemade mustard sauce; a Coney with chili, chopped onions and yellow mustard; and, of course, a Chicago-style dog, minus the tomato and poppyseed bun. These adorable redhots are fun to eat and delightfully springy, so bring on the tiny weiner jokes.—John Greenfield