One of the great things about Chicago is the food. No better place to start our trip together than to familiarize you with a few ‘do not miss’ meals. Here is the recipe for the best hot dog ever. The secret is in the celery salt!
1 all-beef hot dog 1 poppyseed hot dog bun 1 tablespoon yellow mustard 1 tablespoon sweet green pickle relish 1 tablespoon chopped onion 4 tomato wedges 1 dill pickle spear 2 sport peppers 1 dash celery salt
Directions Bring a pot of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, place hot dog in water, and cook 5 minutes or until done. Remove hot dog and set aside. Carefully place a steamer basket into the pot and steam the hot dog bun 2 minutes or until warm. Place hot dog in the steamed bun. Pile on the toppings in this order: yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt. The tomatoes should be nestled between the hot dog and the top of the bun. Place the pickle between the hot dog and the bottom of the bun. Don’t even think about ketchup! (I leave off the peppers and add ketchup)
There are so many great restaurants. Two of my favorites for beef are Lawry’s at 100 East Ontario St (312-787-5000) and Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse adjacent to the Loop on State Street with a view of the Chicago River. There is a large outdoor patio we can enjoy and turn-of-the-century décor if you prefer to sit inside. (312-670-9900) A TIP: Having lunch in expensive places allows you to enjoy a recommended restaurant and avoid the pricer dinner menu. That’s what we will do if you tag along with me.
You can’t leave Chicago without have Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza or a Jewish Corn Beef Sandwich on rye bread. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the pizza at either Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria or Gino’s East. I’m hungry so let’s start with lunch at Gino’s East and afterward we will walk down Michigan Ave to do some window shopping ending up at Water Tower Place.
A Great Pizza