Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field
1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-2827

Hours: open on game days

What's a Chicago-style hot dog without a little Chicago baseball? Cubs and White Sox fans will argue until the end of time over who's team is better and who has the better ball park, but game attendees can feast on a Chicago favorite while eyeing the ivy landscape of Wrigley Field and enjoying the setting of a Cubs game, a perfect date with summer in Chicago.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What is a Maxwell Street Polish ??

A Maxwell Street Polish consists of a grilled all-beef Polish sausage topped with grilled onions and mustard on a bun. The sandwich was first created by Jimmy Stefanovic, a Macedonian immigrant, who took over his aunt and uncle's hot-dog stand (now Jim's Original) in Chicago's Maxwell Street marketplace in 1939.[1] It is sometime referred to as a "Jewtown Dog," or "Jew Dog"[citation needed]. (Part of the market was called Jewtown after the original Jewish merchants.)

The Maxwell Street Polish soon grew to be one of Chicago's most popular local dishes, along with the Chicago hot-dog. It is served by restaurants around the city, and is common at sporting events. Many small vendors specialize in the Maxwell Street Polish along with the pork-chop sandwich.

Some variations exist. For example, some hot-dog vendors offer a "Maxwell Street hot dog" in which a hot dog is substituted for the Polish sausage. Others like to add sport peppers to the Maxwell Street to give it more heat.

Due to UIC's South Campus development (ongoing construction, started in 2002), the two famous Maxwell Street Polish stands on the corner of Halsted and Maxwell streets, Jim's Original and Maxwell St. Express Grill, were displaced to nearby Union Avenue, adjacent to the Dan Ryan Expressway on-ramp at Roosevelt Road.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Chicago Hot Dog In Arizona....Oh Yes !!

After coming back to Phoenix yesterday after a week in Chicago, I already missed that wonderful Chicago taste, And then I stopped at "Chicago Gyros" in Phoenix, And what a great surprise the menu showed all of those things that only Chicago has to offer, REAL Chicago Hot Dogs, Italian Beef, gyro's etc etc. But did they match those dogs from Chi Town.............OH YES. The Hot dog was dressed Chicago style with mustard, relish,onion,pickle,tomato and Yes celery salt topper, The restaurant was booming at lunch and its apparent why with the Chicago population in Phoenix.And all the other important things also as a super clean restaurant,friendly help and plenty of Chicago memorabilia So if you miss that taste of home make sure to stop at...

Chicago Gyros at 7th Ave & Union Hills Dr. - Phoenix

To Order, Call: (602) 978-4976

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Johnnies Beef .. Elmwood Park

Johnnie's Beef
7500 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park

Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 12pm-12am

Tel: (708) 452-6000

Chicago is one of the few cities in the country where there are many places to eat great Italian beef and Johnnie's Beef ranks among the best of them. The small beef stand is a perfectly preserved piece of the traditionally Italian neighborhood that surrounds it.

The structure itself resembles an old drive-in eatery, with baby blue walls and yellow neon signs. It is only big enough to hold about ten standing customers at its bar, and seems to have a line that stretches down the block at any time of day. The employees work together as a well oiled machine, though, which minimizes the wait. One worker assembles hot dogs, one spears sausages from the grill, one slaps together the beefs and yet another fills cups with Italian ices (make sure you say you don't want a lid on your ice...that way you get a nice heaping cup of it). Be sure to have your order straight by the time you get to the head of the line; the man who rings you up gets quite upset at indecision or stuttering.

The menu is small, but everything is exceptional. The Italian beef and sausage sandwiches are notably famous, as well as the Italian ices and hot dogs. Every Friday Johnnie's serves up amazing fried egg sandwiches.

Many Chicagoans consider Johnnie's to be the best Italian Beef joint in the world, which accounts for the long line you will usually encounter on your visit. And I will be their this weekend to enjoy one on my visit to Chicago, My home town !!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Jimmy's Red Hots

4000 W. Grand Ave

The 40-year old late night West Side hot dog stand calls itself the "home of the tube steak on a bun," serving up Vienna beef hot dogs, Polish sausages and tamales with thick French fries on the side. Ketchup is strictly forbidden.