Chicago-Style Hot Dog leads pack with Taste

Columbus Dispatch - 3/1/2007

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The right trimmings -- pickled hot peppers, sliced tomato, diced cucumber, chopped onion, sweet relish, pickle and mustard -- are vital to a Chicago-style hot dog.

But a high-quality frankfurter tucked under the toppings is paramount to the taste.

At Wholly Joe's, founders and Chicago natives Joe and Micheline Pearson have been using Chicago Red Hot as their source of frankfurters.

The wiener company is owned by the grandson of the founder of the Windy City's Vienna Hot Dog Co.

The grandson hasn't stood still in the eight years or sothat Wholly Joe's has been his customer.

compared with the product available when the central Ohio eatery opened, today's hot dog has more bite as well as the classic, slightly smoky hot-dog flavor that's so much a part of the temptation.

As for the toppings, there's always a debate about which ones are authentically Chicago-style garnishes.

Many of Wholly Joe's customers have insisted that sauerkraut is part of the experience, and that option was recently added.

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