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Sitting on a small triangle, not in Bermuda but the corner of Crawford, Gross Point, and Central in Evanston stands Little Island. It’s sometimes difficult to find the entrance, but once inside Kevin Craig remembers what most regulars order and greets everyone else with a warm smile. Kevin has been at the helm of this neighborhood gem for over 37 years now and has carried on the same quality standards the Siegel family created nearly 55 years ago.
Little Island has been featuring Vienna® Beef hot dogs, polish sausages and more since day one from their extensive menu. They have welcomed many generations of returning fans from all over the area. The presence of this iconic landmark and their 9:30 am to 8:30 pm hours has made almost any mealtime accessible. Kevin is proud to be a part of the neighborhood geography and continues to serve the community with great food, a little conversation, and a lot of nostalgia.
Vienna® Beef is equally as proud to have been part of the Little Island’s menu and landscape for decades. Therefore, it is with great pride that Vienna® welcomes Kevin and the Little Island into the Vienna® Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna® Beef we congratulate Kevin and send best wishes for much continued success.
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year. But in that time, Anthony Nardo and Nick Iozzo have taken Orland Park by storm in their innovative, neighborhood, ‘old school’ approach to making friends and doing business. With their Vienna Beef hot dogs, Philly cheese steaks, Maxwell Polish, gyros and even gravy bread, to mention a few; their menu has exemplified quality food at reasonable prices. This along with passion, personality, atmosphere and the friendliest service around makes them a fan favorite with customers of all ages.
Joey’s has great employees who, along with their customers and the community have been treated like family. Anthony and Nick try to support all neighborhood sports and already have won an award as best hot dog in Orland Park.
All this and their incredible social media buzz are great reasons why Vienna Beef has anointed Joey’s Red Hots with a special Rookie of the Year award. From all of us at Vienna, we wish Joey’s many more years of continued success.
Since 1981, Duke’s has been providing neighborhood iconic charm in both Edgebrook and Jefferson Park. That’s 36 years now! Don Ahn is at the helm, and together with Kathy, a very key person in the business who knows so many customers by name or what they like to eat; they have become that special fixture in the community. When you look at that old well-worn sign out front on the triangle corner it becomes a landmark on the map that holds many stories and memories over the past third of a century.
Open from 10-10, they can catch all meal offerings with an extended menu including anything from salads to burgers. But the mainstay features that Don mentions are those Vienna® Beef hot dogs and sausages and his homemade Italian Beef from a recipe that Don was given by Tony O.; an Italian beef master and an original owner of the famed Mr. Beef.
Duke’s has remained a vital part of the community in many ways. Don’s support of local baseball teams and charitable time and contributions to programs for nearby schools has been just a small part of their diverse involvement in the area. It’s that entire package of great food, camaraderie and community that has satisfied three generations of customers. This is also why Vienna Beef takes pride in welcoming Duke’s into the Vienna® Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna®, we thank and congratulate Don and the Duke’s restaurant family with best wishes for much continued success.
Hot sun, blue skies, lake breezes, and hot dogs… Summer is truly in full swing here in Chicago. This August 11th through 13th the Chicago History Museum will be hosting the fifth annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest. This outdoor festival will be located in Lincoln Park at 1701 N. Stockton Drive in Chicago. Hot Dog Fest will feature live music, games, and of course hot dogs prepared in styles other than Chicago-style.
This family friendly event serves about 35,000 hot dogs each year and there’s something on the menu for everyone! Familiar Vienna Beef restaurants will be attending the event as well, including Edzo’s, Frannies Beef and Catering, Robinson’s Ribs, Flashy Hotdogs, Downtown Dogs, Big Bob and Fritzys, Byron’s Hot Dogs, and more.
The event is free to attend, with a $5 suggested donation at the entrance. You can also purchase Dog Dollars to save up to 20%. To relish the savings or for more details, check out www.ChicagoHotDogFest.com. Proceeds from the fest will fund educational programming at the Chicago History Museum. We look forward to seeing you there in August!
Nick Sideris is proud to continue to pay homage to his father Chris, who started the family business with a couple of restaurants from the mid-sixties to the mid-eighties. Even earlier, Chris honed his skills and learned from the best as a waiter at the legendary Berghoff’s and Blackhawk restaurants. After those first few decades, Chris and Nick opened a new place in 1986.
Now about thirty years later, Nick, his sisters Pam and Kathy, and long time employees: Sam, Noe, and George, have perpetuated Papa Chris’ Place into a neighborhood icon. Generations of customers celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, while others just come in for good food and some interesting conversation. Papa Chris’ Place has become that habit forming food emporium that is a cornerstone of many communities. Even the side street has been named “Papa Chris’ Place” as an endearing reminder.
Vienna Beef hot dogs have been a long time menu favorite which also features their gyros, ribs, chicken, and homemade Italian beef. Great food with passionate people who care are key pieces to what makes Papa Chris’ achieve longevity. This is why we acknowledge and congratulate Nick, the Sideris family and staff as we welcome Papa Chris’ Place into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna, we wish Papa Chris’ much continued success.
After honing their restaurant skills at Ashland Gyros from 1977 into the 90’s, Robert and Miriam Sarantopulos opened Markella’s Gyros in Oak Forest in 1994. Named after their daughter, Markella’s has become an iconic neighborhood favorite. Voted as having the best burger in the area; and known for their Vienna Beef hot dogs, Ditka “monster” polish sausages, and, of course, their gyros; it’s easy to understand how people keep coming back.
As Miriam points out, “We care about all of our customers and make them feel welcome.” They are inspirational with that recipe for success; serving great food, caring for their customers and being an active part of the community. Markella’s helps sponsor Down in the Southland, which supports Down Syndrome children events. In addition, they are active with Oak Forest Cheerleading, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other community service projects. Robert and Miriam have been dedicated to their restaurant and community from the very beginning and those values have been passed down to their daughter, Markella, who works and manages alongside them.
These are some of the reasons why Vienna Beef feels so strongly about acknowledging these deserving foodservice businesses. Therefore, it is with great pride that we thank and welcome Markella’s Gyros into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna, we wish Robert, Miriam and Markella much continued success.