Why no ketchup?
There is a longstanding tradition in Chicago not to put ketchup on hotdogs. It was the kind of thing that would get you punched in grade school. I don’t know why, it’s just one of those things.
For me, there’s no ketchup for the same reason there’s no tomatoes. The cart is called ‘My Chicago Childhood’ and when I was a kid, I was allergic to them. I had to get a allergy shot once a week my entire childhood, because of tomatoes and ketchup. I outgrew the allergy, but ketchup has always been gross to me. It tastes like sugary-tomato water.
The dog I fell in love with, the dog I want to share with all of you, has no tomato products of any kind. Try it. If you close your eyes, smell freshly mown grass and hear the crack of a little league aluminum bat on a baseball, then you’re experiencing My Chicago Childhood.