The mention of the Torta de Kosher Salchicha at Cold Comfort Cafe reminded me of a couple of related Chi-Mex hybrids Ive seen around. This is an area I find fascinating, though not so much that Im willing to do much in-depth research.
I certainly havent tried the Torta de Kosher Salchicha and I too hope someone tries it and is able to report back. In Chicago Ive seen hot dog tacos from time to time but never had much urge to order one. From what I can tell theyre 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 Im not sure Im 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 dont see this everywhere--thank goodness--but its 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 its sometimes chili, sometimes the standard hot dog trimmings. I havent really been seeking them out but you sometimes see these at some of the older hot dog stands. I can think of Polk & Western, Chickies (28th & Pulaski), and Fat Johnnies (72rd & Pulaski). Fat Johnnies 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?