December 8, 1999

Post #1003 – 19991208

Dear Mr. Pinkwater:

I have read with delight your account of Herschel’s Chicago Hot-dogs. I just want to let you know that the tradition of the Chicago Hot-dog lives on!

I live on the North side of Chicago (Broadway/Hollywood), and I am a confirmed junk food junkie. (Two great taquirea’s, three chinese take-out’s, inumerable rib-joints, and Barry’s Pizza [best on the Northside] within walking distance – -Heaven!)

But I digress.

If you get to Chicago, you must do the following: Get on the Howard (Red Line) El, headed north. Get off at the Sheridan station. When you leave the station, head north (to the left as you exit). At the first street you come to, go west (left again). Half a block down, you will find Byron’s Vienna Red-hot’s. I reccomend the Jumbo Dog Combo (w/fries and a soda) with the works, making sure that you specify NO LETTUCE! (I don’t know why they include it, it borders on sacrilrge!) I’m not sure, but I think they have RC and Mr. Pibb on the fountain, both of wich truly complete the Chicago Hot-dog experience.

With deepest respect as a fan, and best wishes as a fellow Chicago Dog Lover,


(a.k.a. Todd Light)

Daniel replies:

Thanks on behalf of myself and all who read here for the useful and detailed hot dog information. I have heard of the lettuce heresy, and don't know what to make of it. I suspect the Republicans.