Chicago Hot Dog Named Best in America

Fat Johnnie’s Famous Red Hots’ “Mighty Dog” was named America’s best hot dog

While this may come as no surprise to Chicagoans, the city is apparently home to America’s best hot dog.

In another form of culinary flattery for the Windy City—the news comes on the same day that Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the James Beard Awards will move to Chicago-- the Daily Meal has declared Fat Johnnie’s Famous Red Hots’ “Mighty Dog” as America’s best hot dog.

But that wasn’t the only restaurant from Chicago, which is known for the encased meat staple, featured on the list of “America’s 50 Best Hot Dogs.”

Hot Doug’s “Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage” ranked as no. 4 on the list. The Avondale restaurant, considered one of Chicago’s most famous hot dog locals, has been making headlines since recently announcing plans to close in October.

Some other notable encased meat sensations include Byron’s Hot Dog Haus’ “Chicago Dog,” Wiener’s Circle’s “Double Chardog,” Murphy’s Red Hots’ “Chicago Dog,” Superdawg’s “Superdawg,” and Gene and Jude’s “Hot Dog with Fries.”

The city has also nabbed top spots on lists of the nation’s best tacos, doughnuts, cupcakes, pizzas and other food items.

To see the full list of top hot dogs click here.

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