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May 14, 2009 06:29 PM

Windy City Red Hots: Authentic Chicago Hot Dogs (i.e. Vienna Beef w/ condiments) from a truck!!!

A remarkable truck, owned by a 32 year old Chicago native, daily parks in the lot of "Blue Mount" Nursery on route 7 about two miles west of the intersection with route 28. This is the LAST place on the face of the earth (Ashburn!?!?!) that one would expect to find an authentic Chicago hot dog. Yet it delivers: Vienna beef on a poppy seed bun with celery salt, neon green sweet pickle relish, sport peppers, chopped onion, a dill pickle wedge, yellow mustard and a slice of tomato. He is passionate and delivers a hot dog that for all the world tastes exactly like it would taste if his truck was parked across from Schaumburg Mall!!

This is his website:

This is the website of Vienna Beef who supply his hot dog and his condiments:

He is also active on twitter, myspace and facebook with links on his website.

I should note here that I found this truck because my wife is seriously into gardening and Blue Mount is one of the best nurseries in the greater D. C. area. Now that I know about the hot dog truck I am more than willing to be her grunt in carrying bags of soil, plants, flowers and whatever else home.

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  1. There is no better dog than a Vienna Beef dog! But Ashburn VA is too far away... close to Baltimore there is Zack's Dogs in White Marsh and in Harford County. Not only can you get a classic Chicago Vienna Beef dog, but he also carries Italian Beef sandwiches au jus with the Giardiniera pepper mix on top!

    Truly a wonderful taste of my ole hometown!

    Zack's Hot Dogs
    The Avenue at White Marsh
    8137 Honeygo Blvd.
    White Marsh, MD 21236

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    1. re: trillgirl

      Zack's Chicago dogs are quite worthy, but the Italian Beef is a total abominaton. It'll just make a Chicagoan cry.

      1. re: trillgirl

        The carney location will be more convenient for some people.
        it's at 8923 old harford rd.

        1. re: Ericandblueboy

          A return visit this afternoon with confirmation for the Chicago dog: truly exceptional. I also had his Italian beef for the first time. I should note here that I make annual stops at Johnny's on West North Avenue every year for what I believe is the best Italian beef in all of Chicago. The Italian beef here was good but if I had this in Chicago I would pass it over in favor of another hot dog on a future trip. Still, this is an extraordinary find, well worth seeking out if in the far western reaches of the D. C. metro area.

          1. re: Joe H

            Joe: Thanks for the rec. We tried this place on Sunday and enjoyed it very much. Without any prior experience with Chicago dogs, we thought the dog itself was kinda small so we'll trust you that it's authentic. The toppings are great, even the bizarrely green relish.

            Also, the fries are fantastic! Hot and crunchy, and they give you a ton. For $5.18 the Windy City Combo (loaded dog, fries, drink) is a great deal.

            The pizza puff was very good too!

            Next time I plan to try the Maxwell Street Polish Dog.

            1. re: Bob W

              The "bizarrely green relish" is a clear indication that this is, in fact, an authentic Chicago dog. Can't wait to try this place.

              1. re: monkeyrotica

                Oh yeah, I figured the ingredients were completely authentic. Love the sport peppers! I think you'll be quite pleased.

                There are a couple of wrought iron tables with chairs next to the truck for those who wish to "dine in."

                1. re: Bob W

                  Thanks for trying it, Bob. I had their Italian beef last week and it was authentic (they dip the entire "sub" in au jus gravy) with gardiniera (sp?). But, honestly, I've been far too spoiled by a place called Johnny's on West North Avenue in Elmwood Park, IL that while it was authentic, it wasn't as good as the hot dog. Still, I've now been back to this place three times and am up to two hot dogs and my wife and I no longer split french fries. We each get an order!!! The polish sausage did look REAL good, though!

        2. Bummed out and pissed off! I went to the Blue Mount Nursery at around 11:20 a.m. (today beng Saturday) and there's no truck there. I had a golf lesson at noon and I was starving so I couldn't stick around and wait.

          Just checked their facebook page and it contained this message:

          "Just reminding folks that we are not at Blue Mount today and tomorrow. Come see us at the Brew Fest in Leesburg."

          I guess they tried to let people know but how the hell am I supposed to know to check something other than their webspage?


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          1. re: Ericandblueboy

            The Calendar section on their webpage noted that they were at at the Brewfest yesterday and will be there today.

            1. re: Ericandblueboy

              Windy City is also on Twitter. If you subscribe to their tweets, they tell people where they are (and where they aren't.) There's a kabob van that operates downtown that also does Twitter feeds. I wish more mobile operations would do this, so we could get their locations sent to our cellphones.


              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                I was actually at the Brew Festival in Leesburg this weekend (quite a nice beer line up!) and was able to get some dogs for myself and the family. They jacked up the price for the festival (regular red hots were almost $5 from their usual $2 something) but after a few IPA's I was happy to shell out $20 for a family of four. And I figure its karma since they didnt charge me for one of my dogs the last time I got them at the nursery.

                1. re: Insidious Rex

                  anyone, what's the best way to stay informed about upcoming food festivals, like the leesburg beerfest? a recommended website to check?

                  1. re: alkapal

                    The City Paper usually keeps a list of ongoing beer festivities although its off and on so far. Check out

                    Now the best resource would probably be to join the DC-Beer list serve. A lot of events get posted there that you cant find anywhere else. Also check out their blog at

                    1. re: Insidious Rex

                      just to clarify and dc-beer mailing list are two separate entities. we are however both great ways to get dc beer event info. -Mike from

                      1. re: mikedolan03

                        Mike, good to see ya. Thanks for the clarification. Cant stress enough what an excellent resource dc-beer is.

              2. You've just made this Chicagoan very happy!!!!

                1. Spent time in Evenston during my 20's going to NW. I miss some of the chicago stuff. Indian on Devon, hotdog, (never like the pizza), italian beef, BBQ and polish food. I can say that the dog at this truck is the real thing. If you miss the taste of chicago, you can't get everything but the things they do have, its the real stuff. Get yourself out to leesburg.

                  It's a 25 mile round trip for me but I'm making the trip tomorrow. Got to get me a beef.


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