Our search for L.A.’s best made Chicago dog heads into week 2.
This week’s tour stop of finding the best L.A. Chicago dog takes place at Duarte’s Sonic.
Unlike the first day of the mini tour, this stop serves not only hot dogs, but also burgers, sandwiches, burritos, and other fast food items you would come to expect on the menu from an American established fast food joint.
This fast food joint, however, has added a style twist to its service. Instead of having the customers pick up their order from a specific location, the servers, on roller skates, glide the customer’s order to them at their location.
The dinning experience of the joint gives one three choices of location to enjoy one’s meal: outdoor patio, in one’s car, or wherever one choices to take it.
My colleague, Kim and I decided to pick choice number one.
When our meals arrived, our dogs were wrapped individually in a short white box and was covered in a sliver wrap.
Sliding off the thin sliver wrap, inside, lies the Sonic’s Chicago dog dressed in: mustard, a slice of dill pickle, green relish, chopped white onions, two slices of tomatoes, two sport peppers, a beef dog, a dash of celery salt, all wrapped in a black poppy seed bun.
Kim likes how the Sonic’s version of the Chicago dog is made using authentic ingredients – perhaps to stay as true and close to the original recipe as possible – but to really know the true taste of a Chicago dog, Kim points out that one has to go there and taste the real thing to find out.
The only thing I find alarming about the dog is that the meat isn’t thick enough, which means the dog itself didn’t fill me up; however, it did allow me to have more room to take in a milkshake and a share of onion rings.
Going back to Kim’s point about heading to Chicago would be a fun experience to share in, but for now, we’ll have to do with what we got by continuing on with this L.A. mini eating tour close to home. And maybe if we’re lucky, we will bump and meet a person who not only makes the dog for a living, but who was also from the city and can tell us more about the dog’s history and its background.
Speaking of sharing in a fun experience, after our meal, some hot rods from famous tv shows and movies rolled into Sonic’s drive in.
Starting from the Back to the Future car, A-Team Van, Mutant Ninja Turtles Van, and to Knight Rider’s black car.
Here are some pictures I took on that day:
Note: My colleagues and I are going to take a break from the mini tour this month, and will pick it up again next month for two more stops. If you like to share your comments or opinions about this post or other posts from previous weeks, go ahead and share it.
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