Saturday, January 31, 2009

International Ryan Falch Day: The Wienery.

Some guys will bend over backwards for a broad, some guys will get fancy hair cuts, and buy jeans with embroidered dragons all over them, and some guys will even take up Pilates and Bikram Yoga to find their inner douche. Our good buddy Ryan Falch flew for 18 hours and cashed in a Swiss bank account of Yen to come back to the motherland and experience some goddamn, good old fashioned 'Merican food. First stop, The Wienery of course.

There's the man of the hour, with newcomer buddy, and regular man about town Joe. The Wienery was packed as usual, but we were lucky enough to find a seat by the door. While we waited for our hot links, Ryan caught up on some local news and we contemplated Chinese eats like scorpions and cocoons. Yeah, you heard that right.

Never a loss for charm...and dust, here we have the patron saint of the Wienery. I call him Old Dusty Buck.

Owner Pat was running the place all by his lonesome per usual, but he still had time to tell me about the wonders of a real Mexican hot dog. I dropped some science about how the blog was receiving national acclaim, and thus far we've given him 3 solid if not outstanding reviews. He seemed pleased as a giant kettle full of all-beefs boiled over violently behind him.

That's the Drive-Thru and Briny Dog, with a mess of fresh cut fries. Mmm, mmm good.

So here's the skinny. I rolled with my personal favorite, the Drive-Thru dog. This beauty is locked and loaded with freshly made cole slaw on top of baked beans and shredded cheddar cheese. The sweet and salty of this little bastard is what makes it so damn delicious.

I also hit a home run with a new fave, The Briny Dog. The Briny comes with a pickle, sour kraut, relish, and giardinna. I got this one Mexicali style. That's bacon wrapped for you gringos. The Briny was a little salty (hence the name), but still delicious. I think next time I'll try it with cheese.

The next day, we hit up another local gem. The Jasmine Deli on Eat Street. A good Banh Mi sandwich is one of my favorite eats, and the Jasmine's pork Banh Mi is a real face melter. That melting pot of the French and Vietnamese was an act of god if you love a good sandwich.


Geoff Peveto said...

I am pining for a trip to the Wienery. Seen it on the TV machine and it looks awesome. On the foodie show front this just in from Hot Doug's site:

"No Reservations," Anthony Bourdain's show on the Travel Channel, is featuring Chicago on its next episode -
Monday February 2
at 9:00pm (Central Time).
The rumor is that Hot Doug's will be one of the featured restaurants.
I hope they edited out the part where I asked him to say "Bam!"

Jake Lancaster said...

They should call the Briny the Ankle Swollen Seaman. That's one salty dog.

R. Falch said...

my only regret is that i didn't get the fries.