In Philadelphia, the preferred topping for hot dogs is ketchup, or maybe some sauerkraut and mustard. But things are done different in Chicago. The Chicago-style hot dog is another beast entirely: There, frankfurters are topped with mustard, onion, pickle relish, a pickle spear, tomato slices, hot peppers and celery salt. It’s a bit messy and vaguely resembles a salad on a roll—but we’d be lying if we didn’t say that they’re utterly addictive.
A number of hot dog joints sell Chicago-style dogs in and around Philadelphia. Johnnie’s Dog House—with locations in Wayne and Manayunk—has them (along with a respectable, North Jersey-style potato, pepper and onion topped Italian hot dog). But otherwise, a trip to South Philly is required: Both Moe’s Hot Dog House in Grays Ferry and Texas Weiners on Snyder Avenue stock them.
Chicago-style hot dog [Wikipedia]
Johnnie’s Dog House Wayne [MenuPages]
Johnnie’s Dog House Manayunk [MenuPages]
Johnnie’s Dog House [Official Site]
Moe’s Hot Dog House [MenuPages]
Texas Weiners [MenuPages]