TODAY   |  May 22, 2013

A taste of Chicago: Hot dogs, pizza, popcorn

TODAY’s Natalie Morales and Willie Geist sample some local Chicago favorites, including Chicago-style hot dogs from Vienna Beef and deep dish pizza from Giordano’s.

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>> but this is what i'm talking about as a real tour. you've got to eat your way through chicago . so we thought we would sample some of the local traditions and cuisine. this right here is a chicago-style hot dog . they were kind to lend us the hot dog cart here.

>> been in the hot dog business 120 years.

>> apparently, there's quite a mix as you can see to this. there is a hot dog , a poppy seed bun, mustard, the fixings. but i guess also there's like a special pickled pepper and tomato slice.

>> looks fantastic!

>> come on, willie. i'm not going to eat it alone.

>> we've got to move through this. enjoy that for a second. this is giordano's deep dish pizza . obviously, if you come to chicago , you have the deep dish .

>> this is not a grab and go. that's a meal.

>> this is garrett's popcorn, famous here in chicago . you get the variety.

>> this is the chicago mix, which is the cheese and caramel together. which looks delicious.

>> can't get enough of that.

>> and then the big dog over here.

>> oh, my gosh. look at this!

>> this is ely's cheesecake. and what a cheesecake it is.

>> look what they did for us. isn't this gorgeous?

>> i'm going in.

>> go in!

>> oh, willie! right there!

>> look how -- you used your fingers, i have a fork. they are known, of course for making cakes for everything and everyone, including the inauguration.

>> oh, that's so good.

>> bill clinton 's inauguration. of course, president obama 's inauguration. and it's