Saturday, July 23, 2005

What Really Matters

Forget about all of the civic politics going around. Let's discuss what unites us all: hot dogs. July is national hot dog month. What, you didn't know that? I'm willing to do my part to celebrate. Anyhoo, the visionaires at the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council recently lost their cred when they said that New York has the best hot dogs in the USA. Obviously, Chicago is calling foul, and rightfully so. Just to be clear, I love New York and all that, but when it comes to pizza and hot dogs, Chicago has it beat. The proof is in the waist-lines, people! New York hot dogs are not that bad, but end up being soggy, and that awful deli mustard is...well, awful! It should also be noted that I'm not a fan of the 'traditional' Chicago dog, with peppers, tomatoes and whatever. I'm a pretty straight forward ketchup/mustard/bbq sauce kinda guy. The meat on a Chicago dog is far better than anything that could come out of NYC. I even take the whole list with grain of celery-salt (ZING!) as we all know that both cities pale in comparison to a good Toronto dog. Bigger, with Bacon Bits, Honey Mustard, Mayo, salsa, etc... When they come up with an international list, then we'll talk. Who's up for some Maxwell Street?


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