The vienna is suppose to be the best hot dog
Italian food you can't go wrong with either ny or chicago. I give chicago the edge.
Both places take their food seriously. Funny artical.
"'The mustard has been flying since last week's announcement by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council that Americans think New York City offers better hot dogs than Chicago.
It feels like a personal attack to Jim Bodman, chairman of Vienna Beef, and Howard Eirinberg, president of the company that practically invented the city's trademark Chicago-style hot dog. Questioning the validity of the Council's findings, today the pair threw down the ceremonial poppy seed gauntlet to New York City's hot dog community: "We challenge any New York hot dog to a taste-off any place, anytime. It's time to set the record straight about the world's best hot dog."
"People are absolutely outraged," says Vienna Beef chairman and owner Jim Bodman. "We've had calls from people telling us we need to defend Chicago's honor."
Chicagoans are, indeed, passionate about their hot dogs, with their odd mix of ingredients and complex blend of flavors that create that oh-so-wonderful Chicago hot dog experience: an all-beef Vienna Beef hot dog in a steamed poppy seed bun, topped with mustard, bright green relish, chopped onion, tomato slices, a pickle spear, sport peppers and celery salt. Vienna hot dogs are available nationwide through independent retailers, grocers and now, in more than 1,000 Target stores.
New Yorkers prefer their hot dogs with steamed onions and pale yellow mustard. But they lack Chicago's passion, according to Janet Riley, senior vice president of public affairs for the Council. "As a former Chicagoan, I have strong sympathies that my hometown favorite didn't win," she says. "We've had an enormous outpouring of disappointment and we're going to have a rematch."
Eirinberg is so serious about the issue, that he's already placed calls to the office of Chicago's Mayor Richard M. Daley, requesting assistance in the taste off and plans to call the office of Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City.
"I am sure that once folks taste the Chicago-style hot dog, there will be no question," said Eirinberg. "We are simply the best."
According to the Council, 28 percent of Americans prefer New York City hot
dogs, followed by 26 percent who voted for Chicago dogs."