In 2004, the Dubnecay brothers purchased their first restaurant. They built a successful business on 42nd and Hiawatha in South Minneapolis, bringing their hometown favorites to the Twin Cities. Originally named “Chris and Rob’s Chicago’s Taste Authority” they started with Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Italian Beef Sandwiches as well as the must-have Maxwell Street Polish. Customers, both Chicago transplants and Minnesota locals, responded with the power of The Windy City and the business grew from there.
They expanded into St. Paul and business continues to boom, with a fresh remodel of the Minneapolis location to include local craft beers. In 2016, the restaurants were rebranded simply as “Chicago’s Taste Authority” because you can’t get more authentic Chicago food anywhere in the Twin Cities.
Rob Dubnecay claims to have the only "authentic Chicago style food in the area.” The proof is in the fact they serve only true 100% all beef hot dogs, polish sausage and Italian beef. Made fresh exclusively for Chicago’s Taste Authority by a fourth-generation family meat merchant. No nitrates, No preservative. Never frozen. Your Chicago favorites are shipped directly from Chicago to Minnesota.
As a result, Chicago transplants consistently drive from all over the Twin Cities to eat the food with which they grew up. Some drive over 20 miles weekly to taste a real poppy seed bun and glowing green relish, they refer to as "Nuclear Relish". The extensive menu includes hometown Chicago originals, from traditional thin crust pizza to tamales.
Chicago’s Taste Authority is the largest Chicago 100% beef hot dog buyer in Minnesota. They sell 1,500 hot dogs per week, 2,000 pickles, 8 gallons of Nuclear Relish, and 1,200 pounds of Italian Beef for their Cheesy Beef sandwiches per month. Their food is frequently featured in local newspapers, on radio, and on television. Jason DeRusha, of WCCO-TV’s program, “DeRusha Eats”, declared the Italian Beef as his favorite in the Twin Cities.
Chicago’s Taste Authority hopes you feel welcome among friends savoring the authentic Chicago-style food they grew up eating. Come visit us to enjoy taking a bite out of Chicago!