From the minute we decided to take this journey we’ve been on a hunt.
A hunt across many websites and google searches looking for a place to get the best possible products for Mack Dawg’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs.
Now, as you’ve probably read, I grew up in the Chicagoland area and the absolute best is a Vienna Beef hot dog.
Look, there are hot dog stands spread throughout the city of Chicago and, sadly, not all of them use the best dog.
One of my favorite joints was just down the street. It was a place opened by a Greek man in an old stand alone Tastee Freeze. He offered a 3 dog and fries special. He gave a lunch sack full of fries and used generic dogs probably loaded with fillers. But, the price was right.
We began looking online for Vienna beef and could find them in Amazon, but the price with added shipping wouldn’t make their use feasible.
Had we lived in a suburb just outside of Chicago, we could have obtained them in bulk for a decent price at Sam’s Club, but alas, we’re bringing Chicago Style Hot Dogs to Chatham, IL, a quaint suburb of Springfield in Central Illinois.
We then went to the nearest wholesale food distributor and inquired about the brand of all-beef hot dog they carry, and soon learned it wasn’t Vienna beef.
While driving in town one day, I noticed a place known as Country Market and found they sell eight packs of the beloved frank made in Chicago, but, again, the price was not feasible.
Thankfully, I decided to ask the woman working the register if they order the dogs from the Vienna Beef website.
“No,” she said, “we get them from a place in Decatur, Illinois.”
At last, we may have found a decently located local distributor. A short fifty minute drive later and we soon learned we can get every item we need from food stuffs to paper stuffs, and crap to clean any messes we make.
And with a minimum $200.00 order, they’ll deliver.