Just as one taste of Chicago is set to arrive, another has vanished from the Las Vegas scene. After 33 years, Chicago Dogs has quietly closed its doors in the northwest. The yet to be announced El Manantial Restaurant will take its place.
Created when "a hot dog vendor outside of Wrigley Field moved to Las Vegas in 1983," the casual menu and interior remained a tribute to Chicago throughout the years and multiple changes of owners.
On the menu, the traditional Vienna beef hot dog in a poppy seed bun and sprinkled with "celery salt and topped with chopped onions, pickle relish, yellow mustard, tomatoes, sport peppers, and a dill pickle spear." They also served Green River soda, "pizza puffs" and Italian beef sandwiches.
The building's distinctive shape was a holdover from its original use as an A&W Root Beer outpost. Inside, it featured an equally distinctive stature of an enthusiastic hot dog, nicknamed "Billy Boy," pouring ketchup over himself prior to being devoured.