Baseball season is upon us and some of us are dreaming of hotdogs at our desks. A history of unique, consistently amazing hotdogs has stamped Chicago as the wiener capital of the world. In fact, I think it is considered a crime to attend a ball game at Wrigley Field without eating a hotdog … or at least the dirtiest of looks are warranted for those who don’t.
While a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Windy City might not be in the cards for most of San Antonio, we can still enjoy a Chi-style dog or two thanks to the new Wrigleyville Grill (602 NW Loop 410, Ste 146, (210) 369-9833). When owner Jimmy Tingas moved to San Antonio from Chicago, he searched for a hotdog joint to bring back the comforts of home. Tingas was surprised when he realized the hotdog that he craved was not to be found, so he decided to fill the void and open Wrigleyville Grill.
Wrigleyville is located in a small shopping center right off 410, and from the moment you walk in you can feel the Chi-town vibe with baseball jerseys and various photos of the Windy City’s history lining the walls.
The menu combines Tingas’ Greek heritage with his hometown, so you can find a Chicago Dog and a gyro on the same menu. Combos with fries and a drink are also available for under $10.
The delicious, beautiful Ultimate Chicago Dog ($3.65) features a 100- percent Vienna beef hotdog topped with a pickle spear, onion, relish, tomato, sport peppers and mustard. Another customer favorite is the chili cheese dog ($3.95), which is exactly the messy, cheesy goodness that you’re picturing. If you need a break from dogs, check out the “Famous” Italian beef sandwich ($5.95) with thinly sliced beef loaded on French bread and, if you ask for it wet (recommended), dunked into an au jus sauce and topped with peppers. You definitely need a knife a fork for this one.
Personal favorites from the Greek selections were the hearty chicken pita ($5.75) with fresh, house-made tzatziki sauce and the Greek fries topped with oregano and feta. Don’t forget the homemade phyllo-built baklava ($2.75) for dessert.
The only drawback you’ll find at Wrigleyville is the very thin wax paper that lines the baskets being used in lieu of proper plates. These hotdogs, sandwiches and gyros are loaded with so many juicy toppings that you may need to use a fork and knife, but the wax paper tears so easily (especially when soaked with au jus) that little bits of it get in your food and ruin your bite. Other than that unwelcome addition, Wrigleyville scores for Chicago hotdogs.
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