Welcome to the 2011 edition of Stick A Fork In It's 100 Favorite Dishes. We've just kicked off our countdown to #1 (which will appear the same week as our compendium on all that's good and right about Orange County).
When it comes to pizza, I'm a through-and-through New York pizza kind of guy. Hot dogs? Well, while I love my dogs with brown mustard and sauerkraut, I have to give it up for Chicago's version of a tubesteak, with a Vienna Beef frank, a poppy seed roll, onions, yellow mustard, piccalilli, tomatoes, a pickle, celery salt and sport peppers. A New York dog like Nathan's eats like a snack; a Chicago dog eats like a meal.
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While Portillo's in Buena Park, the first non-Chicagoland outpost of the In-N-Out of Chicago hot dogs, is the standard against which all comers are measured, I admit to a fondness for Chicago Harv's near Fullerton College. The place is small, the owners are friendly, and the dog is just as good as its more famous competition.
Click here for our 100 faves from 2010! The list so far this time around:
No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl