As much as it pains me to say this, The Cell really has it going on in the Chicago-style hot dog department. It’s great that you can get a Vienna Beef at baseball games in Chicago, but Wrigley is severely lagging. Sure Wrigley has all the ingredients necessary to dress up a dog, and sure they have those awesome grilling stations located throughout, but they do not have steamed buns and they do not have this guy:
This guy is lovingly crafting Chicago-style hot dogs from a traveling cart in the upper deck at The Cell. I’m not sure if there are other carts roving the stadium but there should be. Really these carts should be all over the city but that’s for another post. In this cart you have a bun steamer, which is a key component of the Chicago-style hot dog. At Wrigley the buns are often stale and no amount of heaping toppings can overcome a stale bun. So while the Cubs are looking to add some pieces for the future before the trade deadline, how about adding some hot dog carts as well? The Cubs give up Chris Volstad and Jeff Baker and get 6 hot dog carts? Let’s make this happen!
Of course the hot dog was excellent, even in the blazing heat of last Sunday sitting in the upper deck at The Cell in one of the longest, slowest baseball games I’ve ever been to. It was a surprise party for my dad’s birthday though, and he was genuinely surprised so a good time was had by all.