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Milwaukee Wiener House

301 Douglas, Sioux City, IA - (712) 277-3449
Posted By Michael Stern on June 21, 2007 10:05 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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Posted By Ruth Bartek on March 9, 2014 7:28 PM
We've been going to MWH for as long as I can remember. Still as delicious as always. Check out their new building. First time there after the grand reopening we stood in line 20 minutes. The place was packed. We weren't the only ones that missed them for the few months they were closed during construction of the new place.
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Posted By Chuck Wood on October 27, 2011 10:08 PM
I have been going to the Milwaukee Wiener House for years, since long before Gus and Tom ran the place. Gus and Tom recently retired and now their children are running it. They are going to run it right into the ground. They have changed the recipe for the chili and watered it down as well. Bring back the old formula containing cumin, etc. Quit cutting corners and get back to the value that used to be.
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Posted By Britni Rhinehart on February 23, 2011 7:18 PM
I grew up in Iowa and my dad, Bill (and sometimes my grandpa, Stan), took me and my brother every Saturday morning to the Milwaukee Wiener House to see Tom and Gus, and to eat hot dogs covered in chili. This is a classic cafe-style restaurant, with the best hot dogs and chili you'll ever taste.

It's worth the stop for the food and for the atmosphere. The cook is the best! Also, you can buy a soda and drink it in an old-fashioned bottle and watch the straw float to the top.
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