Dogs and Suds


On the way home from Ft Wayne this evening, I stopped at a place for a hot dog. I ordered a Chicago Style dog, not knowing exactly what I would get, but I was in the mood for something different. It was an OK hot dog, I think. It was covered with so much stuff, I was pushed to even taste the hot dog.

Ok, you Chicagoans (is that correct?), what is it with the BRIGHT GREEN sweet relish? Is this normal? I was curious as to what exactly was in that, but it tasted like a sweet pickle relish, so I just ignored the color. Anyway, I’m not sure how close this was to an authentic Chicago Dog, so here is what was on it. Diced onion, bright green relish, a kosher dill wedge, tomato wedges, mustard, hot dog, poppy seed roll and some celery salt (I think?? that is what it tasted like). Anyway I think the dog was a beef hot dog, but like I said, it was smothered.

The root beer at Dogs and Suds is really good. The medium size is served in an ice cold mug (just the way I like it). It was a less sweet, more bite root beer. Sort of like Barq’s and it may have been draft.

Good place to eat, just north of I-69 in Fort Wayne exit 111.

2 thoughts on “Dogs and Suds”

  1. Dogs n Suds is the closest thing in the area one can come to a real Chicago style dog.
    “A Chicago-style hot dog is a steamed, boiled or grilled – but never broiled – all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun, originating from the city of Chicago, Illinois. The hot dog is topped with mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish (usually a dyed neon green variety called “Nuclear Relish”), a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt; sometimes, but not always, cucumber slices. The complete assembly of a Chicago hotdog is, like an Atlanta hotdog, said to be “dragged through the garden” because of the unique combination of condiments. Ketchup is never used on a Chicago-style hot dog.”
    They’re pretty good at Dogs n Suds, but I always find it strange and distracting that their tomatoes are frozen. Once, they put WAY too much celery salt, and we had to send ’em back. Otherwise, yes, that’s technically what is on a real Chicago dog. It does need to be all beef, and really should be Vienna Beef. And I agree with you – Dogs n Suds has really good root beer!

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