$21 gift card for $10.00 at Windy City Wieners
“So, I've started eating meat again. And, man.... I'm glad! I've tried more than a few of the menu items on Windy City's menu!
Here's the deal: the Italian beef is amazing. It's fantastically spiced, well cooked and superbly topped. Same goes for my Chicago Dog exclamation, I haven't had an Italian Beef as good as this since I ate at Al's in Chicago. It was fantastic.”
Thanks to Thom Z . for those kind remarks on YELP on one of Bloomington/Normal’s unsung little eateries—Windy City Wieners. I know, I know, with a name like Windy City Wieners you might think you’d be finding this place on Ontario or Wabash or North Clark Street in Chicago. But you’d be wrong. Although these dawgs are definitely worth the drive, you can find them as close as Beaufort Street in Normal.
Here’s a little something to get your mouth watering. Starters including chili cheese fries, fried mushrooms, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and super nachos. Sandwiches include three kinds of burgers including a gyro burger, chicken pita, spicy chicken sandwich, italian beef, italian sausage, and italian beef AND sausage sandwich, philly beef, philly chicken and a gyros. But, of course the stars of the show are the dawgs. These pure beef hot dogs are specially formulated to be significantly leaner and contain less added water than standards used by other hot dog manufacturers. They’ve got a signature casing that snaps when bitten. A Chicago Style hot dog is never boiled, but slowly simmered using steam heat until the hot dog reaches approximately 170-180 degrees.
The toppings are just as important as the hot dog itself. If you look at the required toppings for a Chicago dog, you will notice that ketchup is not listed among them. Ketchup is an ingredient frowned upon by hot dog aficionados. Although ketchup remains one of the most popular condiments on hot dogs, "properly made" hot dogs, like the Chicago Style, usually lack the condiment. Why is the placement of the toppings so important? If your Chicago dog has been made properly, you will get a taste of each ingredient in every bite.
Windy City Wieners Chicago Style hot dog is dressed with mustard, relish, chopped onions, sliced tomato, a pickle spear, sport peppers and a sprinkle of celery salt in a poppy seed bun.
What’s better than this classic? How about a double dog which is two hot dogs on a bun? Or perhaps you're in the mood for a chili cheese dog or a maxwell street polish or a bratwurst? If Abe Froman were eating in Bloomington/Normal, he’d be at Windy City Wieners. What else can we say? If it’s good enough for the Sausage King of Chicago, then you know it’s some mighty good cased meat. Check it out today.
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