The Secrets to the Best Chicago-Style Hot Dogs in the Windy City

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs Steaming in the Bay Area

Chicago-style hot dog

Whether you live in Chicago and you believe you know as much about Chicago style pizza and hot dogs as a person could, or you’re just visiting the Windy City, you need to try a hot dog from one of the city’s best hot dog stands. Obviously, distinguishing a genuine Chicago-style dog from an impostor is an ambitious enterprise, one that is steeped in opinion, and we’re pretty sure our ideas will delight some and infuriate others. But in life – and in hot-dog eating – sometimes you have to be bold.

First off, let’s ask a basic question: What defines a truly “Chicago-style” hot dog? The answer is all about flavor and “the snap.”

The Classic Chicago style hot dog is all-beef, and it’s served on a toasted poppy seed bun. Smothered in mustard, relish, onion, tomatoes, peppers, celery salt, and a pickle, this hot dog packs a flavorful punch.

Customized variations on the traditional Chicago dog include mouth-watering add ons that would upset a purist. A classic Chicago dog is the version preferred by minimalists with a simple sprinkling of mustard, relish, onions, and peppers on top.

Across all hot dog stands, the dogs that come out on top all feature two things in common: Vienna beef and fresh ingredients. Vienna Beef hot dogs are some of the highest-quality dogs on the market. They are all beef with a crispy, natural casing that snaps when you bite into it. They’re plump and juicy, and – critically! – they don’t get overwhelmed by the toppings required in a Chicago style dog.

Don’t Let Your Location Keep You From Your Chicago Style Hot Dog

Even if you’re thousands of miles away from Chicago, you can still enjoy these succulent savory treats. Bay Area’s Windy City Pizza and BBQ is not limited to Chicago style dogs, we also offer deep dish pizza, Texas-style BBQ, and an array of Chicago Italian sandwiches. We offer seated dining (including dog-friendly patio seating), delivery, pickup, and catering. Contact us by phone at 650-578-1942 or order online today, right here from our website!