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In 2006, Vienna® Beef created an award to honor those unique hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into neighborhood landmarks. Athen’s Gyros has been serving great food to the southwest suburbs since 1975. Pete Kanavos has been serving great gyros along with Vienna® Beef products since he started the food emporium in the Lincoln Mall. Athen’s Gyros has become the go-to place to meet and eat delicious food.
Since the move to Richton Park 25 years ago, Sally Ali and Pepe Rocha have been the faces of the restaurant, along with Pete and Kostas Kanavos. They are very proud of what they serve and how welcoming the community has been. Athen’s, ‘the king of Gyros,’ has been an ongoing supporter of Richton’s Youth Baseball and the Special Olympics to name a few. Over the recent years, Athen’s has been designated “The Best” by Chicago Magazineand many polls by the Daily Southtown who have tagged them as “Best Hot Dog.” Sally says “it’s the consistent good quality and service that has been bringing people back for many years.”
In an era when there is so much change, it is refreshing to see the landmark iconic status the community has felt for Athens Gyros. Now, it’s Vienna’s turn to thank and acknowledge the work that Sally, Pepe, and the Kanavos family has accomplished. We proudly welcome Athens Gyros into the Vienna® Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all at Vienna®, we wish Athens Gyros much continued success.
In 2006, Vienna Beef created an award to honor those hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into true neighborhood landmarks. These is proud to highlight on these establishments. Out of thousands of customers, only about 100 have been recognized throughout the past decade. Our latest addition is Lulu’s Hot Dogs in Chicago, Illinois.
Lulu’s Hot Dogs has been serving a variety of menu specialties including Vienna Beef sausages and homemade Italian beef since 1968, when Don Grieco Sr. started this little food emporium on the near southwest side. The neighborhood is often called either University Village, Medical District, or the Tri-Taylor area. Whichever name you prefer to use, Don Jr. and brother Joe have been operating Lulu’s for the past half century.
The business began around the same time that the Vietnam conflict was in high gear. With the Veteran’s Administration and Hospital virtually across the street, Lulu’s has become the community “go-to” place for many men and women who have served our country. Lulu’s is an oasis for good food, warm smiles, and people who care.
Now it’s Vienna’s turn to acknowledge and thank the Grieco brothers and welcome Lulu’s Hot Dogs into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. We are very proud to have been a part of what Joe and Don have accomplished for the past 50 years in which they served their customers.
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!