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Jan 6, 2006 04:35 PM

Chicago-style Hot Dogs & Eats?

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Chicago transplant here...

Looking for my old Chicago fast-food favorites, and spots where to procure them...

* Chicago Hot Dogs (Vienna Beef Franks)
* Italian Beef/Sausage Sandwiches
* Kronos Gyros
* Vienna Polish Sausage
* Pizza Puffs (Kronos)

Interested in fast-food joints and supermarkets that may carry these items...Also of interest, if any S.Rosen or other brand of Pooyseed hotdog buns are available in the DC area? Thanks!

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  1. I read that vienna beef is being carried by target. They apprently sell them both as a grocery item (for the targets that does sell food) and at their food court as well. You might want to check them out.

    What I miss from chicago are the italian beef sandwiches. Yum.

    1. There's a place someone recommended on the board called Zack's Dogs. It's in the Baltimore area. They sell different styles of dogs and I did try the Chicago style. It was decent, but then again I haven't been to Chicago for a dog. I've been to more of the Jersey/New York/Connecticut dog places.

      They do have the Vienna Beef dogs there.

      1. I live and work in the Reston area and only went to Joe's once for a basic hot dog. It was juicy and tasty. They have a great selection of toppings.

        Here is the info about:
        Joe's Dog House
        712 Lynn Street
        this info was taken from "Joe Eiginger, the owner of Joe's Dog House, is a former I.T. professional who traded in his mouse pad for a dog house! The hot dogs are named after different breeds of canines. Some of the variations include hot dogs with chili, cheese, jalepenos, bacon and/or sauerkraut. You can choose from your standard beef hotdog, bratwurst or kielbasa. If you're not in the mood for a dog, there are several other menu items including burgers, chicken sandwiches and cheesesteaks."

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          1. Try the parking lot of Bluemont Nursery in Ashburn---food truck with all my Chicago favorites. Great place.

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            1. re: koko1

              That would be Windy City Red Hots. It's a regular stop on the way home from the Berryville hamfest (the guy in the truck talks radio). They also have a sit-down place in Leesburg.

              It doesn't hurt to revive those old posts if there's something to add, particularly for "transients" like hot dog stands, though this one has been around for several years now.

              Hair today, gone tomorrow.

              1. re: koko1

                This would be my recommendation, too. I usually go to the storefront in Leesburg.


                Oops didn't notice how old this OP was. But Windy City is still good.

                1. re: chowser

                  I hate how it's so far away from where I live..lots of things moving out west now away from the beltway. I've been having a mad craving for chicago dogs and italian beef sandwiches and looking at the menu is driving me crazy

                  1. re: takadi

                    Haute Dogs in Old Town does a pretty good Chicago. About as good as you'll find inside the Beltway.


                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                      Awesome! Thanks for the link...I'll be sure to try it out

                  2. re: chowser

                    What do you like there? A hot dog place seemed weird to me, but if it's good, I'll give it a shot.

                    1. re: Hobbert

                      I always get the Chicago hot dog. My husband likes the Italian beef, Italian sausage and pizza puff. The chili cheese fries are good but messy so make sure to get a table. It's good for what it is. I wouldn't make a special trip out there (close to an hour) but our ski boot fitter is out there so we go periodically.

                      1. re: chowser

                        Thanks! I live in Bluemont and am in Leesburg regularly so I'm excited to have a new spot to try.