Food·Posted on Feb 2, 201619 Food Truths Only Chicagoans Will UnderstandIf only the tamale guy could be your boyfriend.by Nina MohanBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. You know that hot dogs come on a poppy-seed bun with a pickle spear, sport peppers, onions, and relish. portilloshotdogs / Via instagram.com NO KETCHUP. 2. This is not a pizza. This is a cardboard slice with cheese. dubstar_aka_john / instagram.com THIS is a fucking PIZZA. llltrapp / instagram.com 3. Of course, the only other acceptable way to eat pizza is in puff form. misterhee123 / Via instagram.com You're welcome, world. 4. You don't get to have incredible food like this... oh.hey.kattan / instagram.com ... without some kindhearted verbal abuse from this lady. ____marie_ / Via instagram.com Survive long enough to eat and you can join the true Wiener's Circle. 5. You're not a true Chicagoan if you haven't choked back a shot of this. bryanthisway / Via instagram.com Malört exists solely to help us weed out the weak. 6. When bar kitchens close, the tamale guy is your one true savior. _crashley / Via instagram.com His little red cooler is full of miracles...and tamales. 7. This is, and always will be the "Chicago Mix." twoblondesandaburrito / Via instagram.com We love you, Garrett, but CHANGE IT BACK. 8. "Italian Beef" isn't some weird euphemism for a hot guy from Rome. alsbeef / Via instagram.com And it's wayyyy more delicious. 9. Bread is soooooo overrated. Fried plantain is the way to go! kristinamg23 / Via instagram.com The jibarito was supposedly invented right here in Chicago! 10. You put your gym shoes on to run and get a Jim Shoe. cadillac_frank / Via instagram.com And then you can't imagine ever running again because you're STUFFED. 11. You only like your cheese flaming hot...literally. encourageink / Via instagram.com Because The Parthenon is the true home of the flaming saginaki! 12. And the most amazing food is only as far as Devon Avenue. adimenayang / Via instagram.com You don't have to get on a plane to find tasty food like at Hema's Kitchen. 13. Goose Island is so much more than a resting place for birds. gooseisland / Via instagram.com Birds of a feather drink together. 14. Cake is fine on a plate, but it BELONGS in a shake! bobothebarber / Via instagram.com Bless Portillo's for officiating this holy marriage. 15. The only explosion you'll get from a Chicken Vesuvio is one of flavor. rosebudrestaurants / Via instagram.com And maybe drool from staring at this picture. 16. Half the fun of eating at Ed Debevic's is trading insults with the sassy AF servers. eatateds / Via instagram.com Eat and get out. 17. "Pilsen" is basically a synonym for "BEST MEXICAN FOOD EVER." polo_mendoza / Via instagram.com You don't have to cross any borders to get to 18th Street! 18. Polish food is everywhere, but nothing is as cheap or as amazing as Podhalanka. hollywang / Via instagram.com Serving you pierogis with a side of Polish grandma vibes. 19. And finally, you know that no matter where you are, Chicago will always serve you the best food in the Midwest. chicagofoodauthority / Via instagram.com Windy City for life.