Using a pillowy bun as a barrier, hot dogs are safely protected from environmental hazards such as open manholes and greasy-handed schoolchildren. Enjoy snugly shielded franks with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $18 worth of Chicago-style grub at Johnny Chicago’s.
Johnny Chicago’s satisfies carnivorous cravings with a meaty menu of hot dogs, burgers, and italian-beef sandwiches prepared in the traditional style of its namesake city. The Chicago Dog piles a mountain of chopped onions, tomato wedges, and a glistening kosher-pickle spear on top of a hickory-smoked Vienna Beef frank, which sits discussing Ditka from its perch in a warm poppy-seed bun ($3.95). Thin-shaved slices of slow-roasted beef stuff the crusty, oven-baked roll of an italian-beef sandwich, drenched in seven-herb au jus gravy ($7.95). Alternatively, the vegetarian Smother Burger crushes meat-free hunger under a thick veggie patty carpeted with melted cheddar and a steaming slew of grilled sweet onions ($5.75).
Foodie John Mayser dined his way around the world while serving in the United States Air Force, but as he told the Anchorage Daily News, he never found a replacement for the Italian and Chicago-style dishes he grew up with. He cut his teeth and several hundred hot dog buns running a food truck before settling in at Johnny Chicago’s, a casual sit-down restaurant that specializes in authentic Windy City fare. For the past three years, the menu has drawn in diners with its italian-beef sandwiches—served dry, wet, or dipped—and hickory-smoked vienna franks piled high with the works: mustard, relish, onion, tomato wedges, sport peppers, pickle, and celery salt. Recently, Johnny Chicago's rolled out three authentic types of pizza—light and airy Sicilian, towering Chicago-style deep dish, and classic New York-style thin crust—that stand ready to tempt palates with homemade sauce and heaps of high-quality ingredients.
Online food descriptions present a full history of each Chicago-based eat, as well as the proper technique for throwing it at a disgraced politician.