The Great Hot Dog Debate: Chicago vs. NYC

Hot dogs: the ultimate ballpark food. But from Wrigley Field and US Cellular to Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, all hot dogs are not created equal. Whether it’s the toppings on top or the bun on the bottom, Chicago- and New York-style dogs are completely different animals. That is, aside from the kosher, all-beef goodness in the middle.

The iconic Chicago-style hot dog comes loaded with toppings, including yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sliced or wedged tomatoes, a dill pickle spear, sweet pickle relish (aka “piccalilli”), pickled sport peppers, and a generous dash of celery salt, then served on a steamed poppy seed bun. If you’re in the Windy City, don’t even think about asking for ketchup; give it a try, and you can kiss your dog goodbye as it’s snatched out of your hungry, ill-informed hands.

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Mouth watering yet? Order online from these local favorites and get your Chicago-style hot dogs delivered:

For hot dog eaters in the Big Apple, simplicity is key. Brown mustard and sauerkraut. You can go ahead and add sautéed onions and tomato paste, if you like. But really. Brown mustard and sauerkraut. The end.

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Our vote? There’s no wrong way to eat a hot dog, as long as it comes with a big side of beer.

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