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A bit of Chicago in Austin


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A bit of Chicago in Austin

Warthog | Nov 10, 2004 11:20 AM

As a Chicagoland/Calumet Region native (if you know what that means, I'm talking to you!), I'd like to put in a recommendation for both the Round Rock and Austin locations of Lucky Dog. For those who miss the hotdogs with the "sacred seven" condiments (onions, pickle/cucmber spear, mustard, tomato wedges, relish {yes, it's the real Chicago deal - that shade of green not found in nature!}, sport peppers, and celery salt), these folks have got it nailed. They even import Rosen's poppy seed buns and Vienna dogs for the complete package. they also cook up a mean rendition of the Maxwell Street Polish.

The Italian beef is also a direct Chicago transplant, rather than a pale imitation. As Italian beef has more stylistic variants, it's hard to say which Chicago area purveyor of Italian beef Lucky dog is most similar to, but it's good.

Now if I could just find a real Chicago style deep dish pizza for my visits here, all the bases would be covered! And no, Uno's franchises don't count - they're good for what they are, but their deep dish pizza has been reduced to a spa-cuisine "light" version of the original. I haven't been back to the original Uno's or Due's lately to see if the "roots" have also been infected by this trend.

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