Hot Doug's

Hot Doug’s

When word got out last May that Hot Doug’s would shutter its doors FOREVER on October 3, 2014, I knew I had to make a pilgrimage with the Hot Dog Stories “crew.” Since opening in 2001 (it’s been at the 324 N. California Ave. location since early 2005), Hot Doug’s became a Chicago icon. Internationally recognized […]

hot dog university

Hot Dog University

I was invited to Hot Dog University by Mark Reitman, PHD (Professor of Hot Dogs) to proctor the classes and get an honorary “Hot Dogtorate” degree. Professor Reitman is a Hot Dog Stories fan and he wanted to meet and showcase his educational institution, which is located at the Vienna Beef plant in Chicago. Hot […]

ted's hot dogs

Ted’s Hot Dogs – Buffalo, NY

Ted’s Hot Dogs is a Buffalo, New York area icon. With 8 locations in the greater Buffalo area and one in Tempe, Arizona, Ted’s Hot Dogs is a true example of taking America’s simplest (and favorite) food to another level! Ted’s Hot Dogs History Ted’s got its start in 1927 when Greek immigrant Theodore Spiro Liaros […]

Chicago Hot Dogs and Ketchup

Chicago Hot Dogs and Ketchup – My Kind of Town

“When in Rome” goes the old saying and when I was in Chicago, I wanted to know how Chicagoans felt about Chicago hot dogs and ketchup. It’s no secret the Hotdogman LOATHES ketchup on hot dogs, but I wanted to find out if the rumors of city-wide disdain for the “cop-out condiment” was real. While spending […]

National Hot Dog Month 2014

National Hot Dog Month 2014

Another July is upon us and that means it’s National Hot Dog Month 2014! Hot Dog Stories fans may be disappointed to learn I won’t be conducting my annual “tour” where I eat a hot dog a day at a different joint. I have exhausted many places near my home and just can’t balance family […]

mel's hot dogs

Mel’s Hot Dogs – Tampa, FL

On a recent trip to Florida, the family and I stopped in at a Tampa mainstay hot dog stand, Mel’s Hot Dogs. Owner Mel Lohn sat down with us while we munched on Vienna Beef Franks – Chicago style of course – and some of the best damn french fries I ever had. We “chowed […]

New Jersey Hot Dog Tour

10th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour

On September 21, 2013, about 40 kindred souls hopped on a bus for the 10th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour. This event is put together by John Fox and Erwin Benz, two guys who know their hot dogs. The pair first started the New Jersey Hot Dog Tour when people who read their forum […]