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Random Food Report: Honoring Hot Dog Richie's

"For Jason Marzullo, hot dogs are his life. Oh, and burgers, Italian beef, gyros and thin crust pizza. As owner of Hot Dog Richie's in Palatine, his latest item he can add to his menu-the restaurant is the newest inductee into the Vienna Beef Hall of Fame," Lisa Fielding reports for Newsradio 780.

"When they called me, I was like Hall of Fame, What? I just thought of football and thought the were going to make a bust of me holding a hot dog," Marzullo laughed.

"Hot Dog Richie's has been a fixture at the corner Northwest Highway and Colfax in Palatine since 1972. Marzullo has owned it since 1999."


"Jason Marzullo has been at the helm of Hot Dog Richie's perpetuating the name and neighborhood icon status since 1999," Vienna Beef says in its induction statement.

"Originally started up by Rich Smith in 1975 as a northwest suburban fast food oasis; he would be very surprised and proud at the impact created by the 3 future owner / operators, particularly the passion for the business displayed by Jason; not to mention the tremendous seating and kitchen expansion.

"Jason's HDR has been acclaimed as the best thin crust sausage pizza and best hot dog in Palatine and is always supportive of the community events and needs such as Rosie's Toy Box Cancer Fund and supporting local sports, from Celtic Soccer to Palatine Youth Football.

"Once inside Hot Dog Ritchie's, regulars and newbies love the menu and it's variety, which also includes Vienna's corned beef and pastrami as well as hot dogs and polish sausages. Check out the entire menu by visiting"

Elmhurst Hot Dog Lady Has To Move
"Elmhurst's Hot Dog Lady Pamela Uslander is going to have to move if she wants to continue to sell hot dogs from her mobile cart in the city's downtown," the Tribune reports.

"In a 10-to-4 vote, City Council members Monday accepted a report from the council's Public Affairs and Safety committee eliminating Uslander's longtime location on the west side of York Street at the entrance to the Schiller pedestrian walkway as an approved pushcart location."

Click through to see how shady this appears to be.

Kung Pow
"In the Chicago area, Subway is currently testing a new sandwich in the form of their Kung Pao Pulled Pork sub," Foodbeast reports.

This sort of move usually comes from a company that has lost its way.

White Waffle
"White Castle is counting on people craving its waffle sandwiches at all hours of the day and night," the Sun-Times reports.

"The fast-food chain will debut three Belgian waffle sandwiches Sunday. Two sandwiches - sausage, egg and cheese or bacon, egg and cheese - will be available during breakfast hours. A waffle chicken sandwich will be available around the clock.

"It's a bit of a gourmet treat for us at the Castle. We're importing the waffles from Belgium," vice president Jamie Richardson said.

Brand identity crisis much?

Thigh Gap Closing
"Ot all started last week, when The Kitchn announced that chicken thighs are where it's at," Jolie Kerr writes for The Concourse.

"There needs to be a revolution in the poultry world," they insisted, and followed with a pretty strong argument to forget about those breasts because "chicken thighs deserve the real love" by posting a recipe for Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs done in cast iron.

Then, on Friday, Sifton got in on the act, working out Andrew Zimmern's working out of a recipe for chicken thighs with shallots that had its origins in Martha Stewart's sadly defunct Everyday Food magazine. (Miss u every day, Everyday Food.)

They say three's a trend, so by the powers vested in us, we're declaring that, upon the publishing of this post, chicken thighs are officially The It Food Of Right Now.

Editor's Note: I had chicken thighs last night; I've been eating them for years and I think they're fantastic.

Brand Chicago
"If you order pizza from your favorite take-out place, you might be seeing a sticker like this one on your pizza box," reports Washington State's MyEdmondsNews.

"The Edmonds Driftwood Players have partnered with local pizza delivery businesses, just in time for their latest production.

"'Thugs: A Musical Mafiasco just screams Chicago, gangstas, and yes, pizza,' the theater group notes on its blog."


Comments welcome.


Posted on April 23, 2014

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