While United Airlines has still not restored its pre-pandemic buffet spread to its network of airport lounges, two of the four the United Club in Chicago O’Hare are currently offering Chicago-style hot dogs (well almost…), a delicious that I enjoyed prior to a recent flight.
Chicago-Style Hot Dogs In ORD United Club!
My friend Denny first introduced me to Chicago-style hot dogs many years ago and traditionally I only have them once a year during my annual trip to Green Lake.
The ingredients of a Chicago-style hot dog include:
- All-beef frankfurter
- Poppy seed bun
- Chopped white onions
- Sweet pickle relish
- Dill pickle spear
- Pickled sport peppers
- Celery salt
Notice what is missing? It is sacrilegious to put ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog.
The bun should be steamed, not toasted, and the hot dogs traditionally are of the Vienna Beef brand.
While United’s offering doesn’t quite measure up to a genuine Chicago hot dog, I was elated to see hot dogs along with:
- Sport peppers
The celery salt and poppy-seed buns were missed, as were the pickles (I’m not a relish guy).
But I have to say, this was a very tasty treat and put a smile on my face.
When I used to be a baseball fan, I’d love to have Dodger Dogs at Dodger Stadium…but you put ketchup and mustard on that.
All the ingredients of a Chicago-style hot dog create a far more satisfying juxtaposition of flavors and it was so tasty I may have had a second with extra peppers…
My only regret was the ridiculous amount of plastic waste.
Note, I only saw these at the B6 United Club (review here). The B18 and C16 clubs had no hot food while the F9 lounge had hot dogs, but no condiments beyond sauces.
United is continuing to embrace indivudlaly-wrapped items in its lounges, which has led to some interesting choices like gas station burritos and instant soup. But the Chicago-style hot dogs are a real winner and brought a great smile to my face.
Have you tried United’s hot dogs in ORD?