It’s on, finally.
Chicago Hot Dogs are back at Carpe Vino, starting at 5 p.m. tonight. Each year we celebrate the season home opener of the Chicago Cubs by serving up a small-ball staple in the Windy City: Chicago’s very own epicurean hot dogs for which we recreate the precise style you would expect to purchase in the Mom & Pop stands on the perimeter of Wrigley Field, up and down Clark and Addison.
Without qualification, this is our most popular–and most populist–promotion of the entire year. Over the past seven years or so, we have developed a rabid following of Hot Dog purists who don’t take kindly to being told, “Sorry, we’re sold out.”
That’s because they’re Jonesing for this: It all starts with essential raw materials imported from the City of Big Shoulders: poppy seed buns, steamed before serving; all-beef Vienna brand hot dogs; neon green relish; sport peppers; dill pickle spear; tomato, onion and yellow mustard (French’s is traditional). The secret ingredient is celery salt (plus Chef Alexander’s expertise); the poppy seed bun is essential. Ask for ketchup and you earn a Pete Rose-style lifetime ban from Carpe Vino.
Served with kettle chips, these iconic tube steaks are priced at $8 each or two for $14 (absolutely worth it). Available in the bar only from 5-8pm. First come, first served. Please do not request that we reserve dogs for you!
As a special innovation this year, we’ve brought in a hot dog cart from which to serve our delicacies. Better come early and queue up!