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Best Vegetarian Hot Dogs In Chicago

Chicago is a city known for its encased meats. But it's also known for its plethora of veggie toppings, thanks to the Chicago-style hot dog that comes loaded with onions, relish, pickles and more. So why not pair those toppings with a vegetarian dog? While the restaurants/hot dog stands offering a stellar veggie dog are few and far between, these five restaurants do a veggie dog justice, and they're well worth a bite (or five).

(Photo Credit: Kim And Carlo's Chicago Style Hot Dogs's Facebook)

Kim & Carlo's Hot Dog Stand
Museum Campus
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Before heading into the Field Museum, grab a well-priced dog from a true hot dog stand on Chicago's museum campus. The vegetarian dog here is true Chicago-style. The vegetarian 'dog' is piled high with traditional style fixings including tomatoes, relish, sport peppers, mustard, onions and last, but certainly not least, celery salt. They also offer a range of other dogs with some chips to accompany the snappiness of their dogs. All of this can be enjoyed with some of the best views of the city.

Dragon Lady Lounge
3188 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 267-1970

A Korean restaurant for not just a veggie dog, but a vegan one? Yes, please! One of the best and most ordered items on the menu at this Avondale restaurant is their vegan dog. The hot dogs are packed with flavor, in no small part because they're infused with kim chi, and then piled high with lots of traditional and non-traditional Korean toppings, including tomato, onion, avocado, cucumbers, vegan mayo, mustard and ketchup. Since this is a Korean vegan dog, the addition of ketchup will be forgiven...and enjoyed. This vegan doggie comes with a side of fries.

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Flub A Dub Chub's
3021 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-6500

As a hot dog emporium with a lengthy and delicious menu, this Lakeview knows how to do a veggie dog (made with tofu) just right. But they make it even better by offering not one, but two vegetarian dogs in their 2 Willy Special. Since a dog isn't complete without some fries, you'll get that too, as well as your choice of toppings. All that's yours for $8.95. With two dogs in this meal, it's up to you if you want to share. But one bite into these dogs and chances are you'll want them all for yourself.

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America's Dog
26 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 345-0100

This Chicago restaurant — with three locations — has come to be known for its array of hot dog options inspired by the different city dogs of the good 'ol USA. Luckily for the vegetarians out there, you can get any of these stately dogs — from the Atlanta dog with coleslaw, onion, chili, ketchup and mustard to the Chicago dog with traditional Chi-style toppings — with a vegetarian dog for just 79 cents more.

Hot 'G' Dog
5009 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 209-3360

Hot G Dog in Andersonville is known as the restaurant took off where Doug Sohn's Hot Doug's left off. The menu is chock full of gourmet dogs with all sorts of crazy hot dog toppings. There's only one vegetarian dog here, but for just $3.50, it's worth of every bite. The vegetarian dog is made with a combo of soy protein and vegetables, and it's grilled, giving it the perfect char, before being loaded onto a classic hot dog bun. Just don't forget to order a side of perfectly crunchy fries to go with it.

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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she's working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at

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