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Nov 8, 2010 08:10 AM

Chicago hotdogs, Coney dogs, and Jersey deepfried bacon wrapped rippers headed to 8th Street SE

This used to be the old Firehouse Cafe location. It's called DC-9 and run by the same folks behind Matchbox. The Chicago dog looks like the real deal: Vienna Beef, poppy seed bun, tomato, pickle, green relish, sport peppers, yellow mustard, celery salt.

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  1. It looks like it says DC-3. DC9 is the club where the bouncers allegedly stomped a guy to death after he threw a brick through the window.

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    1. re: flavrmeistr

      My mistake: DC9 is the club, DC-3 is the hotdogs.

      Odd that I didn't see halfsmokes on the menu.

      1. re: monkeyrotica

        There is a DC half hot smoke on the menu. It's the 2nd dog down on the menu:

        Some odd combinations on that menu: hot dog and crab dip in particular.

      2. re: flavrmeistr

        According to their Twitter feed, they're opening Wednesday November 10th at 11.

        And they're serving Italian Beef and Philly cheesesteaks wit Wiz.

        1. re: flavrmeistr

          Looks like they have most of the major regional hotdog variants covered, including slaw dogs, white hots, red hots, footlongs, sonoran, and even a bulgogi/kimchi dog.

          1. re: monkeyrotica

            I am dissapointed that they went with the Cincinatti dog over a Michigan Coney Island.

            1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

              I actually just wrote my boyfriend the exact same email. He lives in Detroit and I was disappointed that they called the NY and Cincinnati Coney but not the Detroit.

            2. re: monkeyrotica

              The center of the hot dog universe according to my husband is Buffalo. Ted's dogs are famous, and rightly so--absolutely fantastic. They are charcoal grilled right in front of you, and you can get this great hot sauce (their own recipe) and choice of fixings. The onion rings are terrific too. We went to Buffalo in September and stopped in at Ted's on the way into town from the airport!


          2. This place looks promising. Any reports back on the authenticity of the Italian beef sandwich? Would love to have a good option for that here in DC.

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            1. re: EatOrGoToYourRoom

              It's out near Ashburn, but Windy City Redhots has the real deal.

              1. re: EatOrGoToYourRoom

                Apparently the other hot dog place opening near 14th and U, Chidagos, is also going to serve Italian beef. The place should be opening soon.

                1. re: hamster

                  Yup. Chidogs will open on Monday. They also serve Italian Beef.


                2. re: EatOrGoToYourRoom

                  I think if you go to DC-3 looking for an authentic Italian beef, you might be disappointed. If you go looking for a wet 1/2lb shredded ribeye sandwich dripping with jus and giardiniera, you'll leave happy. Basically, this one's like a really wet cheesesteak minus the cheese. I think one of the issues is that they're using a lean cut of beef instead of top/bottom round; one's more appropriate for cheesesteaks, whereas the other requires slow roasting and should be served medium rare, which the DC-3 version isn't. Still, it's nice if you don't feel like having any of their numerous hotdog varieties, but then why did you go to a hotdog place in the first place?