Carson Valley’s Signature Hot Dog For 2016: “Chicago Dog” from Chicago Mike’s Pizza

Posted By on August 26, 2016

Staff Reports • 2 min read

MINDEN, Nev. — Congratulations to Chicago Mike’s Pizza on winning our search for Carson Valley’s Signature Hot Dog with its “Chicago Dog,” which ran away with the vote this week.

We have created a virtual throwdown among Valley restaurants, seeking out the signature dishes Carson Valley has to offer. Through the first year, we covered burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, steaks, salads, appetizers, breakfasts, pasta, dessert and fried foods (you can see the results here).

During the nomination round two weeks ago, four unique finalists emerged from the crowd. We can’t claim any of them to belong on a list of appropriate health foods, but they’re all delicious in their own right.

Nominees had to come from locally unique restaurants. Nominees should be within the CVT coverage area (the Douglas-Carson line to the north, the foot of the Carson Range to the west, the Pine Nuts to the east and the state line to the south).


Up next week, we’ll renew our search for Carson Valley’s Signature fried food. Start thinking of your nominees now!

Here’s a closer look at our finalists:

Chicago Mike’s Pizza: “Chicago Dog”

1544 US Highway 395, Gardnerville, 775-392-1638

Hours: Open Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


The classic Chicago Dog — tomato, dill pickle, onions, yellow mustard, sport peppers, sweet-pickle relish, celery salt and an authentic Vienna Beef hot dog on a poppyseed bun. Served in a basket of fries.


The Grill Next Door: “Ugly Dog”

1302 Langley Drive, Suite 3, Gardnerville Ranchos

Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ugly Dog

Bacon-wrapped, battered and deep-fried hot dog topped with cheese onions & jalapenos and served with fries.


Minden Meat & Deli: “K2 Dog”

1595 Highway 395, Minden (775) 783-9999

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

k2 Dog Minden Meat

All-beef hot dog topped with homemade chili, cheese and red onions.


I’d Eat There: “Andouille Melt”

1685 Highway 395, Suite B, Minden (775) 364-0545

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


While not a regular menu item, this occasional special has become a local favorite. Locally made andouille pork sausage with melted provolone, carmelized onion with sun-dried tomato aioli on a ciabatta bun. Served up with I’d Eat There’s signature sweet potato tots.

Honorable Mentions

Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “Pretzel Brat Sliders”

Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company: “Italian Sausage & Peppers”

Carson Valley Country Club Restaurant: “Lamb Sausage Turnover”

Hamdogs: “BBQ Dog”