By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jun 23, 2021 at 1:56 PM

The folks at ESPN might think Milwaukee's a "terrible city"; but behind the scenes, all that public vitriol has only fueled more deliciousness in the city of beer, cheese and bratwurst.

In fact, it has inspired at least one Bay View venue to whip out its wiener in protest. Appropriately, it’s The Vanguard, 2659 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., well known as one of the city’s wurst restaurants.

The “Terrible City” style hot dog (formerly known as the “Milwaukee”) features an all-beef hot dog topped with fried cheese curds, cheddar cheese and Cheez Wiz – because there’s nothing more "terrible" than a "terrible" hot dog covered in three even more "terrible" cheeses.

As one individual replied on social media: “Milwaukee is DA WURST!!!!”

Grab up one of these soon-to-be Terrible City classics while you can, and be sure to wash it down with one of the city's many "terrible" beers.

Even better, take your first bite while emphatically signing the petition to keep the MKE haters where they belong: anywhere but the Cream City.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.