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With 50 years of experience in the business, Ed Kis learned from his Dad (Ed Sr.) how to build an iconic hot dog stand. Today, the leadership team of Owner Jeanne Hoyle and General Manager Ed Kis has led Top Dog Restaurant to earn several awards including the Lt. Governors Indiana Hospitality Award and the LaPorte County People’s Choice Award. “I’m proud to carry on the tradition of quality work ethic that my Dad taught me.” says Ed.”Top Dog offers a home away from home for our customers and we try to extend that feeling to every customer passing through our doors.”
Top Dog Restaurant is famous as the “Best Chicago Dog East of Chicago”. “We feature Vienna Beef hot dogs, and we have added our own special touch to create the unique Maxwell Street Polish and Italian Beef Sandwich specialties that our customers have come to expect and crave.” says Ed.
Vienna Beef proudly recognized Jeanne Hoyle, Ed Kis and Top Dog Restaurant for their exceptional contributions to their community, philanthropic leadership, and overall commitment to the quality of their product and the satisfaction of their customers by inducting Top Dog Restaurant into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame in November 2013. “Top Dog’s exceptional quality, personality and hospitality make them an ideal candidate for our recognition program. We are proud to work with them and excited to recognize their success in this way.” says Bob Schwartz, Vice President of Vienna Beef.
It’s been nearly 75 years since Jimmy Stefanovic, a hard-working European immigrant came to Chicago and invested in developing some unique sandwiches in the, now famous and historic, Maxwell Street area. Jimmy’s creation of the well-known and often duplicated “Maxwell Street Polish Sausage” and the Maxwell Street pork chop sandwich have become iconic sandwiches that represent the true essence of Maxwell Street’s impact on Chicago’s history and culture.
Open ‘24/7’ and originally on the corner of Maxwell and Halsted, Jim’s Original was the first business to welcome folks to Maxwell Street and has been continued to do so for three-quarters of a century. Jim’s Original has served their famous sandwiches for so long that they have become a part of Chicago culture and an icon bridging the past and the present.
Featured in major films like the Blues Brothers, as well as many food network shows such as Anthony Boudain’s Layover, Jim’s Original has achieved a tremendous amount of respect and notoriety within the restaurant industry. Past and present celebrities such as Ernie Banks and television news personalities like Steve Dolinsky and Jerry Taft have made Jim’s Original a regular stop.
Thank you Jim Sr., Jim Christopoulos, and the entire Jim’s Original’s family for the food and great memories! It is now Vienna Beef’s turn to acknowledge, congratulate and pay homage to one of the true Chicago hot dog icons by welcoming Jim’s Original into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna we say, “Thanks,” for the memories and wish you the best in the years to come.
When Sal’s Chicago Classic opens for business on West Road, owners John and Linda Keresi both 35, want visitors to be able to experience Chicago’s famous hot dog flavor without having to travel 283 miles.
Vienna Beef is teaming up Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka to introduce a new line of dinner sausages available throughout Chicagoland and in select restaurants around the country.
Congratulations to Robert and Rosa Leonhardt, proud graduates of Hot Dog University on the grand opening of Chicago Dogs in Elko, NV! They are serving great Chicago-Style hot dogs, fries, and Italian Beef. If you are in the area, you can dine there Monday-Saturday 11:00AM-8:00PM and on Sundays from 12:00PM-5:00PM.