An unapologetic meat emporium located in the heart (or arteries?) of the surprisingly hot-dog friendly Boulder, Mustard’s Last Stand has the city's requisite gluten-free options, but a true Chicago lover knows gluten is as key as celery salt. There’re locations in Boulder and Denver, but the Boulder one is the real move here -- because you can wash your Vienna frank down with a cold beer on their patio. But get there soon, because the city’s tearing down their building in the coming years (ostensibly to make room for an artisanal tempeh farm).
This inconspicuous cart in North Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood -- parked near an oh-so-Portlandy vegan BBQ cart -- might put its Chicago- and Detroit-style pizza in its name, but it also makes one of the most authentic Chicago dogs outside the Windy City. Hell, dude ships Red Hots and poppy seed buns straight from Chicago, then drags them through the garden, hitting them with that signature neon relish and celery salt. The only thing that could make them more real-deal would be pairing them with Old Style... luckily, the goal is to go brick-and-mortar soon, so that might be a more realistic prospect than a Cubs championship.