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Hot Dog Taste Test: Chicago's Vienna Beef vs. New York's Sabrett

J. Kenji López-Alt 36 comments

I've had this idea griddling in my brain for quite a while now. New York and Chicago both have a proud hot dog culture that highlights all-beef, natural casing franks. But whose dogs are really better? More

A Sandwich a Day: The 3XL Corned Beef at Vienna Beef

Chicago Josh Conley 5 comments

The beauty here is in the simplicity. Take a whopping nine ounces of warm, thinly-sliced corn beef and answer two questions: Mustard? Yes, please. Bread? Dark rye for me. And that's the sandwich. More

Sausage City: A Tour of Vienna Beef's Factory

Chicago Blake Royer 5 comments

In a country where hot dogs are the most famous (and most consumed) form of sausage, and in a city that's especially known for them, the Vienna Beef factory makes around seven hundred thousand hot dogs a day. More

Updated: The Natural Casing Vienna Beef Hot Dog Map

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

We asked and they answered. After Blake and I called over 100 stands to put together the Natural Casing Hot Dog Map, Vienna Beef graciously reached out and provided another 35 places to add to the list. We can't thank them enough for the help. It's now even easier to find a natural casing hot dog in Chicago . More

Sausage City: Presenting the Natural Casing Hot Dog Map

Chicago Blake Royer 14 comments

The hot dog is iconic to Chicago; there's no question about it. We take them very seriously, defend our style of dressing them, and would pit ours against any in the world. Sadly, you can't walk into any old stand in Chicago and necessarily get a properly made hot dog. Sure, it will probably be good. But a great Chicago hot dog is slightly harder to find. More

Weekend Giveaway: Vienna Beef Hot Dog Kit for Your Memorial Day Party

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When we picture Memorial Day, we picture grills. Smoking hot ones lined up with hot dogs. This year we wanted to make sure you're kicking off summer with some tube steak too, so we're giving away two hot dog and garnish kits thanks to the good folks at Vienna Beef. Each kit will come with 30 Vienna natural casing dogs and all the classic Chicago Dog toppings; a bottle of Plochman's yellow mustard (a favorite in our epic mustard tasting), a jar of Vienna's bright green relish, a jar of sport peppers, and celery salt. Enter to win here. More

'Consumer Reports' Doesn't Know Hot Dogs

Ed Levine 8 comments

The good folks at Consumer Reports may know cars and appliances, but apparently their tasters don't know much about hot dogs. The magazine just released its hot dog taste test results. Hebrew National came out on top. Hebrew National is a fine-tasting dog, don't get me wrong, but ever since the kosher police ruled that natural casings were not kosher, Hebrew National's dogs no longer rule. They don't have that great snap that's required of a truly great hot dog.... More

'Consumer Reports' Doesn't Know Hot Dogs

Ed Levine 8 comments

The good folks at Consumer Reports may know cars and appliances, but apparently their tasters don't know much about hot dogs. The magazine just released its hot dog taste test results. Hebrew National came out on top. Hebrew National is a fine-tasting dog, don't get me wrong, but ever since the kosher police ruled that natural casings were not kosher, Hebrew National's dogs no longer rule. They don't have that great snap that's required of a truly great hot dog.... More

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