‘Wiener war’ begins in Chicago

Here’s a story you’ll relish: Oscar Mayer and Ball Park are in court to determine who has America’s best-tasting weenie.

Nathan's Famous and Hebrew National say the real champ resides in New York City.

Nathan's Famous and Hebrew National say the real champ resides in New York City.

The judge opened the case in Chicago Monday by declaring ”Let the wiener wars begin.” You can catch up to the court action with this NPR article.

At issue is which Chicago company can claim to have the best dog.

Ball Park mustered a legal challenge after Oscar Mayer said “We are tastier” in a 2009 ad campaign.

Immediately, lawyers for the companies immediately began grilling the competition.

The Fooducate blog said neither tastes best. And wurst … err … worst of all, the processed meats are chock full of sulfites and sulfates. ”Buying an identifiable piece of meat … is a preferred choice,” Fooducate said.

A federal judge will determine which company can claim to be best, not a hungry jury.

26 comments Add your comment

tasty cake

August 15th, 2011
2:11 pm

I thought this article was about former congressman anthony wiener….

Old Geezer

August 15th, 2011
2:34 pm

they both suck…Nathan’s beats them both.


August 15th, 2011
2:38 pm

As a constitutionalist, vegetarian, feminist and lesbian (no redundancy there) I find all this talk about wieners, meat and lawyers offensive.

the gooch

August 15th, 2011
2:43 pm

oscar meyer has no taste and the ziplock bags they come in are sometimes opened at the store. BP franks are better…but Nathans are the best.


August 15th, 2011
3:07 pm

ball park and oscar meyer aren’t even the best dogs in chicago, much less nationally. in chicago, it’s vienna beef. outside of chicago, it’s nathan’s, sabrett, or maybe a hebrew national (in a pinch).


August 15th, 2011
3:46 pm

Bison Dogs are THE BEST, to say nothing of being a much healthier alternative!

Matt from MN

August 15th, 2011
3:53 pm

“Sabrett” or “Nathans” over those two godawful losers any day of the week.


August 15th, 2011
3:57 pm

ain’t that an efficient and necessary use of our court system?

Junior Samples

August 15th, 2011
4:16 pm

Are they competing for second place behind Vienna Beef? This is taking place in Chicago, right?

Kennesaw Dave

August 15th, 2011
4:20 pm

You stole my thunder miss barbara. All I could do was shake my head as I read this. What an idiotic use of our federal courts.

A Conservative Voice

August 15th, 2011
4:53 pm

You absolutely cannot beat the deal at Sam’s……Hot Dog Combo (Nathan’s), including a hot dog and large drink for $1,61 tax included.


August 15th, 2011
7:06 pm

One word: NATHAN’S!!


August 15th, 2011
7:32 pm



August 15th, 2011
10:02 pm

Yes! Vienna beef by a mile!


August 16th, 2011
7:35 am

if it isnt Kosher, Im not eating it. I guess there are alot of people that still eat those things even after they were told how they are processed; just think of a garbage disposal with sausage skins or cylinder press attached to the drainside. Add some color and flavor enhancers and viola, you have a tasty turd in a bun.

CT in CP

August 16th, 2011
8:55 am

Geezer, this is a family paper. You can’t say “suck” in an article about wieners.


August 16th, 2011
11:53 am

ok, first of all, they`re not saying which is the “tastiest”( which Nathan`s beats hands down) but which one is “tastier”, Ball Park or Oscar Meyer, if Nathan`s decided to enter this childish competition, again they would win hands down.. And no matter what the outcome, you will always have someone cry “unfair”, as each person has their own favorite, as noted in the comments, so how can someone judge which is the “tastier”? The only thing they can really judge on is which one of these two is the “healthiest”.


August 16th, 2011
2:00 pm

Nathans or Subrets (excuse the spelling) please


August 16th, 2011
2:40 pm

Sabrett’s is by far the best.


August 17th, 2011
10:52 am

Are Oscar Meyer and Ball Park competing to see which one is worst? They’re both awful! I’d sooner go hungry than to eat either one. There’s at least 4-5 other brands that are better than these two jokes.


August 17th, 2011
5:15 pm

The ONLY Hot Dog to eat in Chicago is Vienna!! There is no other dog that compares although I will give Nathans a very close second. Ball Park and Oscar Meyer are not even in the same league.


August 20th, 2011
1:04 am

yup, Nathans is THE one. Tried Hebrew National once, and due to the gristle included, which grossed me out, the raccoons got the rest of the pack. I’ll never eat another one until they advertise “gristle-less”. Other than that they weren’t bad, but Nathans has them all beat. At least i haven’t gotten any gristle-yet. When i do, it’s bye bye to them too. Haven’t had a Ball Park or OM in years, since tasting Nathans. I’m not from Chicago area, but if the Vienna ones some are talking about are like the canned Vienna sausages, then yuck.

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August 31st, 2011
6:58 pm

I haven’t been hungry enough in fifty years to eat such scrappy meat.

skylar duncan

September 9th, 2011
9:52 am

The best tasting hot dog is Sahlen’s from the western NY area, Bflo.

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