Chicago dogs, northern edition

by Greg Mayer

Jerry’s post this morning on Chicago dogs inspired me, and made me hungry, so I headed to Trolley Dogs, in downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin, for lunch. (Kenosha is the first town over the northern border of Illinois).

Trolley Dogs, Kenosha , WI.

There’s a street trolley that runs east-west on the boulevard to the south of the restaurant, plus, there’s a model trolley suspended from the ceiling, that chugs around, above the diners. (It wasn’t operating at lunch today, so the trolley just stayed at one place on the track.)

The little trolley near the ceiling in Trolley Dogs. The trolley itself is at the far right hand corner.

And here’s their Chicago dog. Note that the mustard is yellow (a must; it can’t be brown), and that the green relish is an eerie sort of neon green. This, too, is required for a true Chicago dog. I make them at home with a substitute, more standard, pickle relish. If you enlarge, you will also see the celery salt on the pickle (don’t be misled by the poppy seeds). The dog is tightly wrapped in paper to keep the ingredients intact.

A Chicago dog at Trolley Dogs.

And here’s the full meal– fries with lots of skin still attached, and a soda. I had the two-dog special. (And that’s a statistics textbook to the left– some light, mealtime reading!)

The full meal.

16 Comments

  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ll just say, get along little dogie. Must have been some beer to go with that.

  2. Heather Hastie
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Okay, I’m going to have to make one for dinner later on tonight (it’s too much for lunch!). I was already tempted by Jerry’s mention, but you’ve put me over the top!

  3. Posted September 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Whenever I just can’t stand it anymore and I need a Chicago food experience, I go downtown to Benito’s Chicago Eatery in Seattle. They do a worthy imitation of Chicago deep-dish pizza and Chicago dogs, but it’s just not the same.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted September 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Not the same as genuine tomato and cheese bread-bowl casserole? That’s good, right?

  4. Liz
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    That looks so good. Minus the relish.

    • Liz
      Posted September 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      I guess I’ll just end up trying it as is with everything. Looks amazing.

      • Liz
        Posted September 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

        Thank you so much for sharing this. My travel buddy and I stopped there and had them as they are earlier. They were perfect. We were both famished so even more perfect. Kenosha was a little off the beaten path. Maybe about nine miles so not too much. I took a pic but no idea how to upload. Much farther north in Wisconsin now. Thanks again.

  5. Hempenstein
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Note that the mustard is yellow (a must; it can’t be brown),

    OK, but then why is one of the best Dijon mustards I’ve ever had – Plochman’s – from Chicago (or somewhere in IL).

  6. eric
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Not a fan, personally. But most of the ingredients are spectacular in other combinations…or alone. In particular a good kosher dill…mmmmmm. Gotta say I prefer Clausen in terms of easily available brands. The others taste too sweet. Though there are lots of ‘better than store brand’ available at our local farmers market.

    • eric
      Posted September 10, 2017 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      As a denouement, I’m a chili dog fan myself. Though part of that predilection comes from the fact that I regularly make my own chili and put it over lots of things (chips, potatoes, noodles, dogs…it’s all good).

  7. Stephen Mynett
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Looks good but I still think my favourite would be a Käsekrainer from a Wiener Würstelstand. It is similar to a Bratwurst but has small cubes of cheese, usually Emmantaler, inside and served in a roll similar to a small baguette with ketchup or mustard or both.

  8. busterggi
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    I dunno, looks like they dress the bun instead of the dog.

  9. Paul S
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Plochman’s is for corned beef on rye or a brat.

    • Paul S
      Posted September 11, 2017 at 8:03 am | Permalink

      Should have been a reply to Hempenstein #5

  10. Mike
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I’m hungry now.!


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