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Wrigley Field Welcomes Back Vienna Beef Hot Dogs

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Mar 28, 2011 1:30PM

2011_3_28_vienna_beef.jpg It's the little things that keep Cubs fans coming back to Wrigley Field, people. Little things like the announcement that Wrigley Field would be switching back to Vienna Beef franks as their official hot dog.

Vienna Beef's all-beef tubesteaks will be served on Gonnella poppy seed buns. Cubs chief sales and marketing officer Wally Hayward said the switch to Vienna and other new vendor offerings are part of a concerted effort to give visitors to Wrigley an "authentic Chicago experience." The other new vendors at the Friendly Confines include burgers from Stanley's Kitchen & Tap, chicken wings from the Fifty/50, and pizza from D'agostino's, which replaces Connie's Pizza.

This could also be seen as an escalation for your concession dollar between Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field, which introduced brisket from Barry Sorkin's Smoque last summer and also has Vienna Beef in lieu of kosher hot dogs. The White Sox is also hopping on the craft beer bandwagon, changing its "beers of the World" kiosks to "Midwest Craft Brews," featuring beers from neighboring states; the Cell has long served Bell's Oberon. They'll also have an Irish pub and Wow Bao will be offering Mongolian beef this season. the Sox have also kicked Connie's Pizza to the curb in favor of DiGiorno. As a fan of good baseball and good pizza, we actually see that as an improvement.