I got invited to this Super BowlPre Party at Helio Basin Brewing. The event was put on by azfoodie and sponsored by Vienna Beef. Pure Peru provided drinks for us and you can read about them in my post. This year Vienna Beef is celebrating their 125th anniversary. Vienna Beef was born in 1893 and is Chicago’s first-choice hot dog. It was first introduced at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago by Austrian-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany. They opened their first store a year later in 1894 and business takes off. Hot dog stands start popping everywhere and Vienna Beef becomes a part of Chicago’s community and culture. The famous Vienna Beef hot dog is eventually dubbed “The Original Chicago Style Hot Dog” (recipe below).
The Phoenix area is known for it’s large population of Chicago natives. Most of them visit because we are home to the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility. Others visit to escape the cold windy winters. We have many Chi-town favorites like Portillo’s, Geno’s East and Giordano’s to choose from if you want a taste of home. I have many friends here from Chicago and they have introduced me to many things that make up the culture of the Windy City. Chicago style dogs are definitely one of them.
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In addition to playing some fun patio games to get us hyped for the big game on Sunday, we got to eat some great food prepared for us by Helio Basin’s Chef Tamara Stanger. She incorporated some Vienna Beef polish sausage into one of the dishes. The food was amazing as always and of course we got have some of Helio’s great beer. You can read about my adventures at Helio Basin in this post. We were given jars of toppings so we can make our own Chicago style dogs at home. I rounded up my evening by taking some fun goofy photos with props in a photo booth with my fellow Instagram foodie community.
Below is the recipe on how you can make you own Chicago style dog! I made my own version of it with the toppings that were given to me by Vienna Beef.
A childhood memory of mine is eating at Pete’s Fish & Chips with my Dad. I loved going here! I also spent much of my senior year in high school here with my buddies for lunch. Established in 1947 by Pete Grant, Pete’s is a local favorite here in Arizona. My Dad always got the fish, but I loved the “Monster Burger” or a hot dog. Pete’s is also known for their secret sauce. It’s a flavorful type of ketchup you can dip your fries in. I took my kids here and they were surprised by how good the burgers were. One thing I love about Pete’s is that nothing really hasn’t change much since my childhood days. I love creating new memories with them and we can’t wait to go back.
Portillo’s Hot Dogs was started in 1963 by Dick Portillo in a small trailer with no running water. It now has grown to a large corporation with multiple locations. I visited the one on Ontario St which has a 30’s and 40’s gangster theme to it. The place had a fun atmosphere to it. Several locals told me I needed to try one of their amazing Chicago dogs. I must admit that it was one pretty damn good dog!