Some Chicago Hot Dog Stand Is Picking A Fight With Pink's On Twitter
Pink's in L.A. We'll take a Three Dog Night. (Photo by Chris via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Who's L.A.'s arch rival? Many say the Bay Area, our friends upstate who inexplicably think their burritos are on par with ours. You could also make a case for New York City, as the West Coast/East Coast dichotomy has always made for good fodder.
Now, you can include Chicago on that list. The Dodgers and Cubs are duking it out for a ticket to the World Series, and the matchup has lived up to the billing. What's really igniting the rivalry between the two cities, however, comes down to hot dogs.
It all started with The Wiener's Circle, who's known for their "Char-Dog" and their inhospitable servers. You may remember them from a Conan O' Brien segment in which 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer dropped in on the stand and got chewed out by the staff for taking too long to order. "You gotta stop doing them drugs, motherf_____!" they told him.
Anyway, at the start of the National League Championship Series, the good people at The Wiener's Circle decided to throw shade on us Angelenos:
This would turn out to be the modern day Zimmerman Note—our assassination of Franz Ferdinand—as it started a full-scale war of words on Twitter. While The Wiener's Circle drew blood, Pink's went for the jugular as they invoked Steve Bartman, who'd infamously dashed the Cubs' NLCS hopes in 2003:
The Wiener's Circle then put on us blast on their marquee:
The debate then touched on some pressing topics, like who has the better celebrity fans:
Cool how chicago beats La in being the coolest city, having the best improv, hotdogs, baseball team and guy named Bill Murray. #GoCubsGo— The Wiener's Circle (@DOGSnSHAKES) October 20, 2016
For the most part, it seems like The Wiener's Circle is more invested in this beef. After the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the series, they re-contextualized our win as a pity gift:
Nice of the @cubs to let the good people of LA forget their failed dreams of stardom for a night and enjoy this before our comeback.— The Wiener's Circle (@DOGSnSHAKES) October 19, 2016
Also, they're really harping on Pink's use of sauerkraut, which is apparently an act of sacrilege:
Healthy? We're takin hot dogs, guy. If you want healthy, eat kale. If you want tasty, come to wiener's circle https://t.co/Wp4fHzyYuV— The Wiener's Circle (@DOGSnSHAKES) October 18, 2016
And, uh, yeah. There's more:
Inevitably, it all resulted in a bet. Pink's says they'll serve Wiener's Circle dogs from their own stand if the Cubs win the series. And, to give the bet a more civil gleam, they'll also donate money to a chosen charity. The Wiener's Circle agreed to the conditions, saying they'll serve Pink's dogs if the Dodgers win.
The war is ongoing, as the series is currently tied 2-2.
Are we witnessing history here? Will "The Hot Dog War of 2016" spark off a new metropolitan rivalry that's bigger than anything we've witnessed? Whatever, it's going to be, like, negative 15 degrees in Chicago this winter. So we'll let them have their fun.
[h/t: Eater LA]