As the name implies, Chicago's Best is the culmination of what's best to eat in Chicago. We've taken great care to ensure that Alaskans get the real deal. While we may suggest certain ways to eat this great fare, our motto is--Toppings any way you want.
Chicago Style Hot Dog
More than a century of taste!
Since 1893 the Chicago Style hot dog hasn't changed. It's a wonderfully balanced, flavorful meal on a bun. We start with a Vienna Beef natural cased, hickory smoked frank nestled into a steamed poppy seed bun with yellow mustard, neon green relish, chopped onion, tomato wedges, a kosher pickle spear, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. Oh, Yes! Don't mess with perfection.
So take a taste back into history. Savor the same flavors your great grandparents enjoyed and see for yourself why the Chicago Style hotdog continues to amaze and impress.
Italian Roast Beef a.k.a. "a Beef"
"Gimme a beef hot, sweet, and wet." That's Chicago speak for, "I would like my Italian roast beef with hot and sweet roasted peppers with an extra splash of gravy." So what's the big deal you ask? Well, in a word, it's extraordinary. But you've tasted roast beef, how can that be extraordinary? Like everything else 'Chicago' it must have exactly the right ingredients, brought together in exactly the right way, and voila, you have extraordinary. Basically it's highly seasoned, slow roasted beef, shaved thin, and awash in a fragrant seven herbs and spices aus-jus that we Italians refer to as 'gravy'. It's piled into a warm, crusty Italian roll and is really great when topped with hot peppers and or roasted sweet peppers. If you've ever tasted one, you know mere words can't adequately describe the wonderful texture and flavor of "a beef."
Char-Grilled Italian Sausage
Ahh, thinking of our traditional Italian sausage brings back memories of when I was a "yoot" in 1960's Chicago. Barbecues with friends and family would always include authentic rope Italian sausage sizzling on the grill, just waiting to be stuffed into a warm Italian roll with roasted peppers and grilled onions. Our Italian sausage is in our not too humble opinion, the finest Italian sausage to be had in the great state of Alaska. This char-grilled sausage is delectable with roasted sweet peppers, hot peppers, grilled onions and or provolone cheese. Try it "Red" style with steamy marinara sauce.
Maxwell Street Polish
Maxwell Street was actually an open-air market that existed in Chicago from 1871-1994. It featured delicious old world foods such as the Maxwell street polish. It's a char-grilled Vienna Beef Polish that's dressed with mustard and grilled onions wrapped in a steamy poppy seed bun. It sounds simple, but the taste is hearty and delicious. There are some stands in Chicago that only feature this old time treat! Ask about our Hot & Spicy Polish!
OK, so brats aren't really Chicago, but heck, they're really good! We grill our 1/4 lb Johnsonville brats to perfection. Nestle them in either a french roll or hotdog bun. They're really tasty with steamy kraut or grilled onions.
How can a good tamale be from Chicago? Simple, Chicago is about immigrants and food. The tamale is a major food group in Chicago hotdog and beef restaurants! It's made from enriched cornmeal, ground beef and of course seven secret herbs and spices. It does not come in a cornhusk, but rather is urban in nature and wrapped for steaming. And boy is it good!
Garden...uh 'er' hot peppers? I mean Italian 'um' what the heck is it? There's no need for panic. Giardiniera is an Italian term for a medley of garden type vegetables that include hot Italian peppers. This pepper medley is designed to impart heat. Now don't be scared, it's a really tasty heat with great flavor. It's not paint peeling hot, but does provide a nice glow and is especially wonderful on beefs and Italian sausage. On our menu we call it hot peppers.
Pronounced “yero” and it really is a Chicago food. Our gyro’s come with the traditional lamb and beef wrapped into hot pita bread with onion, tomato, and lettuce. Don’t forget the Tzatziki sauce. They really are yummy.
Our beefsteak burgers are a 1/4 pound after being cooked. Resting on a toasted sesame bun it comes with: mustard, mayo, onion, pickle, lettuce, and tomato. After eating one of our burgers you’ll pause and wonder aloud how a hotdog joint can make such a great burger?
Fries & Onion Rings
Our fries and onion rings are made to order. They never mark time in a hot holding bin. They're hot, crisp, and delicious.