Chicago Not Dogs offers San Diegans a chance to taste the most popular dishes from the Windy City without having to travel very far. Classic Chicago-style hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, and Italian beef-like sandwiches are just a few of the menu items you can try. The business has been operating as a pop-up at farmer’s markets and that just wasn’t enough for SoCal foodies to get their fix. To meet the demand, Chicago Not Dogs is opening a restaurant in North Park today!
Brian and Susan Gervase moved to San Diego from Chicago and had trouble finding their favorite sandwiches—especially in a vegan version. Like true businesspeople, the couple decided to fill that hole in the food industry by launching Chicago Not Dogs as a way to share the flavors from their hometown that align with their vegan lifestyle. Well, what began as an occasional pop-up at farmer’s markets is now expanding to a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Chicago Not Dogs’s new brick-and-mortar is replacing what used to be The Modern Vegan. It’s an open-air restaurant decked out with a bunch of TVs and a trendy bar. To make things even better, there will be an all-vegan market attached to the restaurant to showcase foods and products from other local vegan vendors.
Vegan Regional Goods, or VRG, is a place you can go to purchase pantry staples and baked goods as well as bath and body products. The product lineup at San Diego’s newest vegan market features a variety of hard-to-find vegan