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IgoUgo.com Names the Best Places for
Wieners This 4th of July

Chicago Is a hot dog lover's paradise

NEW YORK – June 30, 2009 – The hot dog may have originated in Frankfurt, Germany, but these days there's nothing more all-American than this juicy treat. Coney Island may get all the attention on the 4th of July, but IgoUgo.com content manager Michelle Doucette found that when it comes to wieners, Chicago franks take three of the top 10 spots, making the Windy City "top dog" this 4th of July. Quoting advice and impressions from IgoUgo members, Doucette has pulled a list of the 10 Best Places for Wieners this summer.

Portillo's, Chicago

A trip to Chicago would not be complete without a visit to Portillo's. "The hot dogs are all beef and are definitely the best in town. The cup of hot gold might not be real cheese, but darn, it's good."

Nathan's Famous, Coney Island

Take a subway ride out to Coney Island and visit the original Nathan's. "Sure, you can get their hot dogs at airports and malls throughout the country now, but they taste different in New York."

Pink's, Los Angeles

"Who knew you can fit two hot dogs in one bun (The Today Show Dog)? There's even a crazy option with three hot dogs in a tortilla (Three Dog Night)."

Puka Dog, Koloa, HI

Located in a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it shopping center," Puka Dog's homemade buns are spiked and warmed from the inside out before the bun is filled with a secret garlic-lemon sauce and topped with a veggie dog or a polish sausage—and star fruit, mango, or papaya relish.

Hot Doug's, Chicago

"Not only do they have the classic Chicago-style dog but they also have the Elvis (with Polish sausage) and the occasional game"—try the alligator dog with blue cheese and order the duck-fat fries.

The Dog Out, San Ramon, CA

When walking into the Dog Out, the feeling is "it is going to be a fun meal." Keep an eye out as sometimes the manager comes around with free ice cream for everyone.

The Wiener's Circle, Chicago

There is not a Chicago-style hot dog like those "at The Wiener's Circle (after midnight)." This place is one of character, "famous for people yelling and swearing at each other before they take part in the monstrosity that is cheese fries."

Wright's Dairy Rite, Staunton, VA

Open since 1952, this classic drive-in restaurant has had car-hop service since its inception. Inside, there's a phone at every booth to call in your order. "The dogs come in regular size and Dogzilla, a 1/3-pound dog served on a sub bun."

Chris' Hot Dogs, Montgomery, AL

"Chris' Hot Dogs is a dive, but everybody knows it was one of Hank Williams' hangouts." The place is dark, dingy, and kind of seedy, but the hot dogs are great. Regulars range from "construction workers to the governor."

SuperDog, Portland

SuperDog prides itself on its natural and homemade goodies like "all-meat chili, soup, and cheesecake…yes, cheesecake." The hot dogs are "the best," the buns are "out of this world," and, if you're lucky, the beer on tap is "SuperDog IPA."

For more information and to read IgoUgo members' experiences visit http://www.igougo.com.

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