If you have never had the pleasure of eating a Chicago style hot dog, here is what goes into one: (Warning: Do not deviate from this blueprint in any way...it is perfect just the way God made it.)
First, you must start with a steamed poppy seed bun.
Next, you add a boiled all beef kosher hot dog (if you can find Vienna brand...it is always best).
Then, you add some diced white onion.
Next, add some NEON green relish.
Note: It MUST be neon green or it will not be authentic. Yes, it looks scary at first,
but suck it up...you can handle it.
The next step is the fresh tomato slices; cut these slices in half...they fit better.
Then you add the dill pickle spear. (Yes, non-Chicagoians, this is weird...just stick with me.)
After that comes the sport peppers. These are spicy, so I just add a few, but go nuts if you feel so inclined.
Then add a dollop of mustard. Never, I repeat, NEVER ask for ketchup on a hot dog in Chicago. They will shame you, throw things at you, beat you in the alley, and put a permanent hex on your home. (OK, maybe not, but they will give you a very hard time....I like ketchup...sue me!)
Last, but not least, comes my favorite part. Add a dash of celery salt over the entire thing....pure genius.
This is what you have made:
If you do not live in or around Chicago, I urge you to run, not walk, to Sonic and try one of these dogs. Your idea of the hot dog will be completely changed and the common BBQ/picnic/tailgate/etc. will be ruined forever (unless you bring your own condiments...which I recommend.)