Day 1: A Blog Trip to Chicago With Stepheny – A Great City

9f646d47127f6be44e16cfca51ec8e28A Chicago Style Hot Dog

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)

e0197c4b4d42844cd5dbcd6879475c05-1Lawry’s  Restauarnt-The Prime Rib

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

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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8 Responses to Day 1: A Blog Trip to Chicago With Stepheny – A Great City

  1. Deborah says:

    I’m in Taiwan until summer 2015, and I am craving a Chicago dog. And as long as I’m there, I’ll pick up on all those other things, too. A trip to Chicago will have to be on my short list when I return to the US. Yummy post! 🙂

    • Hope that what ever has taken you to Taiwan is a rich and interesting experience even at the expense of a Chicago-style hotdog. Just writing the work makes my mouth water. Thanks for joining me on the blog tour.

  2. Linda McDade says:

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us on our armchair trip to Chicago!!

  3. Barbara Williamson says:

    I’m right beside you Stepheny! Never been to Chicago. So fun! Love Barb

  4. John Holton says:

    Beingg an adopted South Sider, my favorites pizza places are the Home Run Inn, Connie’s and Giordano’s. And no trip to Chicago is complete unless you eat in Greek Town. My favorite place there is Diana’s Grocery.

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  6. Arlee Bird says:

    It’s almost dinner for me and now I’m craving a Portillo’s hot dog. Guess that’s a craving that won’t get fulfilled tonight.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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