Today we try a legendary Chicago sandwich: the Mother-In-Law. It's basically a Chicago style hot dog, but instead of the weiner, there's a tamale. Why is it called a mother-in-law? No one seems to know.
Ian: It's like a sandwich within a sandwich.
Eva: Yeah, it's a play within a play.
Mike: If this was A Midsummer Night's Dream, the tamale would be Pyramus and Thisbe.
Ian: The cucumber really doesn't belong here. Who invited the cucumber?
Mike: It's the nerd hanging out with the cool kids.
Ian: The tamale just seems like a bad replacement for a hot dog. Like when they brought in the new lady to play Becky on Roseanne? Except in this case, Becky is covered in chili.
Eva: Why is it called a "mother-in-law"?
Peter: Maybe because it's going to stick around longer than I want it to.
Mike: No, I think unlike a real mother-in-law, this leaves after a couple hours.
Ian: This is inferior to both a Chicago hot dog, and a plain tamale. It's less than the sum of its parts.
Peter: Yeah. The tamale really gets lost in there.
Ian: Maybe it's called a "mother-in-law" because your mother-in-law is disappointed in you and it's ultimately a disappointing sandwich. To your mother-in-law, you are a hot dog without the weiner.