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Chicago-style Hot Dogs in NJ... Really!

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Good things can be found in the most unlikely of places. The Shop Rite in Livingston added a a large food court style area a while back with a seperate enclosed seating area. They have stations for sandwiches, salads, sushi, fried foods, pizza and burgers. They make everything fresh in-house. At the burger station they are now serving real Vienna Beef Chicago-style hot dogs with Vienna brand neon green relish and sport peppers. I didn't actually get to try them yet, but I will be heading back very soon. If anyone gets to try them before I report back, please let me know what you think.

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  1. So? Any update here?

    "Good things can be found in the most unlikely of places."

    Sometimes true...but the Shop Rite in Livingston? LOL.

    I don't know that I'd get my hopes up. LOL.

    1. Hopefully our resident expert, John the hotdoglover, will see this and give you a good answer.

      I must say, as a NY-NJ ite, those Chicago style dogs on TV shows look pretty nasty, with that fake green color relish and all that salad stuff on them.

      Give me the dog I grew up on, the flat steel grilled natural casing dog with a toasted bun, deli mustard and hot sauerkraut. That's it.

      But Chicago pizza looks pretty nasty to me as well... It's all in what you are accustomed to, I suppose. Now the Chicago beef sandwich with the antipasto on it looks fabulous! Can't get that around here!

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        1. re: lemarais

          I honestly can't say that Chicago-style hot dogs are my thing either; a bit too much stuff, but I can tell you with authority that people in Chicago love them. The combination of a Vienna brand hot dog on a poppy seed bun, with neon green pickle relish, onion, tomato, a dill pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt has a cult following in Chicago that rivals any other regional food anywhere in the U.S.

          1. re: creamfinger

            You are right...I have a business partner from Chicago...and the other people I know from there as well...they are seriously passionate about their dogs.

        2. Out of This World hotdogs, on the Elizabeth/Roselle Park border, makes a decent Chicago-style dog