Chicago-style Hot Dogs in NJ... Really!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Out of This World hotdogs, on the Elizabeth/Roselle Park border, makes a decent Chicago-style dog