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THE DISH: Chicago Red Hots

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Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski Chicago Red Hots serves, from bottom left clockwise, the Italian combo with hot peppers, Chicago style hot dogs with fries, and the Maxwell Street Polish dog with onion rings.

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Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski After you order at Chicago Red Hots, fill up your fountain drink and find a spot anywhere to wait on your food.

ON THE MENU

• Jumbo 1/4 lb. grilled dog combo — With bun, mustard, ketchup, relish, onions, fries and a drink, $6

• Philly cheesesteak sandwich — 1/4 lb. sliced sirloin steak grilled and served on French bread with grilled onions and melted cheese, $5.39 with hot or bell peppers, $0.35 extra

• Beef burger combo — Served on a toasted bun with mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onion and sliced Kosher pickle chips with fries and a drink, $5

• Italian beef sandwich — Thin sliced top sirloin of beef cooked in homemade “Italian au jus” served on French bread, $5.39

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Chicago Red Hots

Chicago Red Hots

1175 Buford Highway, Suite 130, Suwanee

770-831-8711

www.chicago-redhots.com

• Open since: December 2006

• Owners: Marwan Semrani and Mona Guirguis

• Location: Chicago Red Hots is located off of Buford Highway in a strip mall across from Suwanee Creek Park.

• Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and Mondays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

• Atmosphere: Co-owner Marwan Semrani has been a fan of Chicago for many years. It was the first place he lived when he moved to the United States in 2000.

When he moved to Georgia several years ago, he decided to partner up with one of his oldest friends, Mona Guirguis to open Chicago Red Hots to sell his favorite dog, covered in mustard, relish, onions, tomato wedges, a Kosher pickle wedge and sport peppers with a dash of celery salt on a steamed poppy seed bun.

The inside of the restaurant has Chicago memorabilia adorning the walls, including a drawing of a Bears football game and a snapshot of the legendary Chicago Theatre lit up at night on N. State Street.

The eatery has several tables and chairs scattered throughout which can be suitable for a couple or a whole football team. There are also two bar top tables with four chairs each for family seating.

Semrani may have Chicago in his heart, but he loves his home in Gwinnett County.

“The people in Suwanee treat us good,” he said. “I’m not originally from America, but they never make me feel like I’m from a different country.”

• Menu: We’ve all had a hot dog before, but what makes a Chicago dog stand out is how it’s prepared and the choice of meat.

First of all, the dogs are never boiled, but simmered slowly with steam heat. Secondly, they are only made with Vienna Beef hot dogs. If these two things aren’t present, it’s not an authentic Chicago dog.

Staying true to the Chicago roots, Semrani orders everything he can from the Windy City.

“All ingredients from Chicago — the Vienna Beef hot dogs, poppy seed buns, everything,” he said. “I don’t have anything from Georgia except for mustard and ketchup.”

Semrani also has other things on his menu, including Philly cheesesteaks with ingredients from Philadelphia and Italian beef from Chicago.

• Things you might not know: The restaurant also has a drive-through for those eating in a hurry.