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Mexican Hot Dogs &Tamales-on-a-bun

Rene G | Aug 1, 2002 02:51 PM

The mention of the Torta de Kosher Salchicha at Cold Comfort Cafe reminded me of a couple of related Chi-Mex hybrids I’ve seen around. This is an area I find fascinating, though not so much that I’m willing to do much in-depth research.

I certainly haven’t tried the Torta de Kosher Salchicha and I too hope someone tries it and is able to report back. In Chicago I’ve seen hot dog tacos from time to time but never had much urge to order one. From what I can tell they’re different from the Hot Dogs Estilo Mexicano that Melanie Wong described in that the hot dog is served on a double corn tortilla (briefly fried on a flat griddle). Not sure what the usual condiments are, maybe just the usual onion, cilantro, and salsa (a Chicago conundrum: would you put salsa roja on a hot dog?). Clearly this calls for some detailed investigation though I’m not sure I’m the one for the job.

That reminds me of another interesting Chi-Mex hybrid that I mentioned briefly here before. How about the tamale-on-a-bun? You don’t see this everywhere--thank goodness--but it’s one of those Chicago corn roll tamales (either Supreme or Tom Tom) on a steamed hot dog bun. I guess that makes it much more Chi than Mex. Condiments can vary but I think it’s sometimes chili, sometimes the standard hot dog trimmings. I haven’t really been seeking them out but you sometimes see these at some of the older hot dog stands. I can think of Polk & Western, Chickie’s (28th & Pulaski), and Fat Johnnie’s (72rd & Pulaski). Fat Johnnie’s has some interesting names for these creations: the mother in law is a tamale-on-a-bun topped with chili and the father in law is the same with cheese.

Any similar sightings?

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