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Milwaukee Wiener House

301 Douglas, Sioux City, IA - (712) 277-3449
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/21/2007 10:05:00 PM
Sioux City has a few places that specialize in Coney Island-style hot dogs, which are small, three-bite-size franks generally served under a blanket of fine-grind chili meat. Thanks to a tip by local car dealer Jack J. Holmes, we believe we found the city’s best hot dogs at Milwaukee Wiener House.

You see them marshaled on the grill by the window as you walk in. The formation is impeccable: row upon row, side by side, each identical in shape, not one out of place. All condiments are available, but when we told the gent behind the counter to give us “the usual,” he dressed ours with mustard, chili, and raw onions.

The wieners come nestled in soft, warm buns so fresh they show the imprint of the gentlest grasp. These tube steaks are mere fingerlings, pale pink but with bright, porky flavor that is well complemented by the zest of the house-made fine-grind chili. Three or four such steamy babies make a nice meal.

The Milwaukee Wiener House is a big rectangular dining room with rows of booths to which you tote your own meal after ordering at the counter. It opens at six in the morning, and has done so for more than eighty years. Old advertising posted on the wall boasts that it has served 4,000,000 hot dogs, but Gus Demetroulis told us that statistic was true when he and his partner Thomas Eliades took over the restaurant in 1960. Today, Tom's sons Mike and John run the place and estimate that The current tally is likely close to 10,000,000 wieners sold.

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The classic Coney Island hot dog is a Midwestern favorite, almost always served under a blanket of fine-grind chili and a good sprinkle of raw onions. On this version, the mustard is underneath the wiener.
"The classic Coney Island hot dog is a Midwestern favorite, almost always served under a blanket of fine-grind chili and a good sprinkle of raw onions. On this version, the mustard is underneath the wiener."
Michael Stern





A beautiful sight: wieners in formation on the grill, soon ready to be bunned, dressed, and served.
"A beautiful sight: wieners in formation on the grill, soon ready to be bunned, dressed, and served."
Michael Stern


Milwaukee Wiener House's milkshakes, like this cherry one, are thick and delicious and the perfect accompaniment to their Coney Island hot dogs.  There is enough in the silver beaker to fill up three glasses worth.
"Milwaukee Wiener House's milkshakes, like this cherry one, are thick and delicious and the perfect accompaniment to their Coney Island hot dogs. There is enough in the silver beaker to fill up three glasses worth."
Cliff Strutz


Any restaurant that has a plaque on the wall as a tribute to a retired mustard stick is a Roadfood kind of place!
"Any restaurant that has a plaque on the wall as a tribute to a retired mustard stick is a Roadfood kind of place!"
Cliff Strutz


The menu board shows cute names for two of their hot dogs, the Bow-Wow and the Barker.
"The menu board shows cute names for two of their hot dogs, the Bow-Wow and the Barker."
Cliff Strutz


The Milwaukee Wiener House is neat as a pin inside. This is the way it looks as you enter. The grill and order counter are to the right.
"The Milwaukee Wiener House is neat as a pin inside. This is the way it looks as you enter. The grill and order counter are to the right."
Michael Stern


These guys bought Milwaukee Wiener House forty-two years ago. Their faces adorn not only the outside wall, but the cafeteria-style trays you use to carry food to tables.
"These guys bought Milwaukee Wiener House forty-two years ago. Their faces adorn not only the outside wall, but the cafeteria-style trays you use to carry food to tables."
Michael Stern


Our kind of tradition: eighty years in business, more than 10 million wieners sold.
"Our kind of tradition: eighty years in business, more than 10 million wieners sold."
Michael Stern



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