Friday, August 15, 2014

Origin Chicago Hot Dog

The "Chicago Style" hot dog got its start from street cart hot dog vendors during the hard times of the Great Depression. Money was scarce, but business was booming for these entrepreneurs who offered a delicious hot meal on a bun for only a nickel. The famous Chicago Style Hot Dog was born!

They'd start with a Vienna Beef hot dog, nestle it in a steamed poppy seed bun and cover it with a wonderful combination of toppings: yellow mustard, bright green relish, fresh chopped onions, juicy red tomato wedges, a kosher-style pickle spear, a couple of spicy sport peppers and finally, a dash of celery salt. This unique hot dog creation with a "salad on top" and its memorable interplay of hot and cold, crisp and soft, sharp and smooth, became America's original fast food and a true Chicago institution.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Frannies Beef


Well every once in a while we have the rare opportunity to find a place that not only has Killer Chicago Hot Dogs, But Beef sandwiches to die for. Now being a long time patron of almost all Hot dog and Beef Joints, I have grown up on Johnnies Beef and later on Portillo's, Als Etc.Yea I know they have killer beefs BUT by far there is no better Italian Beef than FRANNIES BEEF anywhere. PERIOD... Now that I live in Arizona every chance I get to go home to Chicago for a visit, 1st stop Frannies !! Takes away all the craving for those fixes I miss Instantly, This great place Also has Chicago Hot Dogs 2nd to none.Now do we start with the MeatBall sandwiches or Sausage that any of us Italians know is the real deal, When I see some of these Morons talk about meatball from Subway I wanna crack em..These meatball or Sausage are what we grew up on Ya know like Grandma used to make, After the decision on what to eat the rest is easy.!! Finnish off this delight of a meal with there Fresh Homemade "Every Day" Italian Lemonade!! If only they had a room to rent, I would move in tomorrow,Sooo if you haven't been here its TIME because the best has obviously been saved to last for you.....On a scale of 1-10 I say 11.... Enjoy this is a place you will return often if not Daily.

Now if Catering is on your mind what haven't you payed attention to in this article. Lol They have you covered. And Im Talkin To You.........

Frannies Beef and Catering

4304 River Road

Schiller Park, IL


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cubs 1st -- in MLB Best Hot Dog poll

Cubs 1st -- in MLB Best Hot Dog poll

OK so the Cubs may not measure up to some teams when it comes to actually winning World Series championships. Big whoop. But when it comes to delivering a delicious wiener, the Cub's came in first place -- tied with those show offy New York Yankees, according to a recent online poll. As part of National Hot Dog Month, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council asked folks to vote for their favorite Major League Baseball stadium hot dog and Wrigley Field (yes, along with Yankee Stadium) grabbed first place as serving the best hot dog in all MLB ballparks.

But what exactly is a Wrigley Field dog? The park offers Best Kosher and Ball Park Franks hot dogs (wow, not hometown Vienna Beef?) steamed, boiled and grilled with toppings that range from grilled onions to the classic Chicago condiments -- minus the tomatoes lately.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Nothing Like a Frannie's Beef Sandwich

Just love when I get back to Chicago!!

Off the plane and directly to Frannies Beef and Hot Dogs
4304 River Rd, Schiller Park, IL 60176-1626,

Walked in and ordered their Famous Beef Sandwich, Well worth the 1800 mile ride..YES Im serious

Thanks to Vince for always taking care of my Family and I when we visit, What more could you ask for than great food , great people,  Thank You    

Monday, March 4, 2013

Portillos Scottsdale Az Opens


Portillo's Hot Dogs

10574 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(630) 954-3773
Finally a real piece of where I grew-up, Cook County, Illinois.

Portillo's is the  quintessential hot dog restaurant, Chicago Style if you like. A huge menu and a large facility in retro 50's-60's style with a Chicago theme.

Hours as of opening day are: Mon-Thurs 10:30am -10:30pm, Fri-Sat 10:30am-11pm. Sunday 10:30am -10pm. Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
For dine-in or carry-out the process is the same. Get in line, order (probably should research online ahead of time so you know what you want before you get to the register, because the lines may be long). Then slide down to your left and wait for the number from your receipt to be called to pick up your order. While waiting stock-up on condiments and napkins or save a table inside or out.

There's several restaurants in one at this place, one for salads, one for sandwiches, and another for desserts. One order gets all three.

Their Italian beef in a roll is legendary, the preferred style is 'dipped' with hot peppers added (no, they're not too hot) There are two choices of sizes. I cannot do the larger one.

This may turn out to be the anchor store in the mall where this place is located.

Traffic is a bit of a problem. Getting in is easy, getting out is not easy. I think most people try to exit the mall by driving south past the stores to near the Fry's then head east towards 90th St, then turn left onto 90th St and back to Shea if you live west of Portillo's. Be careful, the intersections of Shea at 90th and 92nd are among the highest crash rate locations in the phoenix metro area.

It may be safest to exit onto Shea heading east then make a left after several blocks and turn around back west when it's safe. Better to go the wrong way for a while than to risk fast turns in heavy traffic near the restaurant. Please be patient and allow lots of extra time for the drive back home.

The volume of business and the traffic around Portillo's now is probably not suited to those rude people from New York City.

. If approaching from the west on Shea or from the Loop 101, exit to Shea Blvd heading east, stay in the far right lane and take the first driveway east of the highway to exit to the right heading south. This new restaurant does not show up on google maps or street-view. Yet.

I am speculating that Dick Portillo must be buying a place to winter here in Scottsdale which will keep this location on it's toes! 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Wiener Circle from TV

Wiener Circle
2622 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-1523
Wiener Circle
(773) 477-7444
The Wieners Circle is a hot dog stand in Chicago, Illinois. It is famous for four things: 
Its signature Chicago-style hot dogs, hamburgers and cheese fries 
 The mutual verbal abuse between the employees and the customers during the late-weekend hours.
 On the weekends, the establishment stays open as late as 5:00 AM, drawing many drunken customers who have arrived from bars and clubs.

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