"Many strange foods have emerged from the two French fry baskets at 802 Dempster St. in the four years since Paschalis, 40, purchased Wiener. He serves country-fried bacon, deep-fried breaded chili balls, giant homemade corn dogs, a fried falafel patty on a roll, fried pickle chips and a pita loaded with breaded fried gyros strips." -- Irv Leavitt, writing about WaSC in the Pioneer Press.

He goes on to cover Kevin Schreiber's adventure eating a Triple Undisputed (aka the 9-1-1) burger. "'How do I eat this?' Schreiber asked, awed. 'Do it like a corn cob,' Paschalis suggested." Read the story here.

Also mentioned on Grub Street Chicago
. (And for the record, I think we said that we avoid gimmicks, but we're grateful for the coverage, nonetheless!)

Somebody Likes Us In Las Vegas

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

John Curtis wrote up this fascinating article for his Eating Las Vegas blog. The topic? Hamburgers, hot dogs and chili. The mention? One of John's asides is, if you can't get to Wiener and Still Champion, Chicago Hot Dogs on North Ranchero will do in a pinch.

Thanks for the shout out, John!

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The Big Dipper* (10" long and over 1/3 pound) was featured as "Today's Moment of Culinary Snuff" on Chicagoist on October 19, 2009.

* Also known as the Ed Fisher.

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Over on Gapers Block, Andrew Huff writes, "Wiener and Still Champion is one of the rare hot dog stands that doesn't rest on its laurels. Hot Doug's aside, it's a rarity to find innovation in the realm of mom'n'pop fast food joints. But as some new items debuting on this spot's menu today prove that a little ingenuity takes you a long way."

WaSC Featured in Time Out Chicago

Friday, October 16, 2009

Brent DiCrescenzo writes: "Without a doubt, Wiener and Still Champion, a greasy stand off the Dempster stop of the Purple Line, takes cornmeal-covered tube steak to insane heights, without losing any of the cheap thrills. This is not gourmet, just genius—a plump dog quickly dipped in a thick polenta batter. I’ve chewed the stick. But it’s more than just “dipping dogs” here. WASC’s owner, Gus, has that same renegade fast-food spirit of the Minnesota State Fair, finding ways to remix traditional burger-joint grub into mad frientist novelties."

Read the story here. (And thanks to commenter Jim who wrote, "I was one of the small cabal of friends who was there, and rest assured, the candied bacon is divine (as is most everything else).")

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Request: Link to us!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

We've got a favor to ask. Want to help Wiener and Still Champion succeed online? Want to show off your appreciation for your favorite hot dog stand?

If so, please consider linking back to us! See, we're a bit behind the curve, only recently creating this website which you see before you, and we know it'll take some time before we show up in online searches. So, that's why we're asking for your assistance with jump-starting that process. The more sites that link to us, the better our site shows up in search engines, which helps us spread our message of peace, love, and, uhhh, country-fried gyros wide across the land.

For your linking convenience, here are a few banners you could use to link to us. Feel free to swipe them as desired. Whatever you do, please link back to www.wienerandstillchampion.com and THANKS!!

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