I'll be in Chicago next week and I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for the best Chicago hot dog. Anthony Bourdain says Hot Dougs, but I've hear Weiner's Circle is good. Does anyone have an idea where you can get the most authentic hot dog in Chicago? I'll be right in the downtown area.
Way OT: Best place for a Chicago hot dog
Wrigley Field...but that doesnt help you for next week. Theres this really good place near UIC's campus. I forget what it's called but Ill let you know when I find out.
Weiner circle is good. Hot doug's is not for just your typical chicago hot dog,it's got all sorts of amazing hot dogs and sausages: if you like hot dogs and sausages you should visit.
In general - Clark Street Dog
Fancy versions - Hot Doug's
after 2am - Wiener's Circle
If it's the Clark Street Dog at the south corner of Halsted/Clark/Barry (and yes, in Chicago there are "south corners" because of 6-corner intersections) then you can also order beers. And play pac-man.
And I would suggest you not only get a Chicago dog, but also order a chili dog too. And a beers.
there's a diner sort of place (I think it actually may be in one of the Wrigley parking lots) that I always remembered going to before Cubs games for a GOOD Chicago hot dog. Can't remember the name though. Plus you can go ice skating on Wrigley's parking lot now according to my friend that lives there.
Just remember: celery salt, whole pickle, relish, tomato, poppy seed bun, mustard, Vienna dog, hot pepper optional... and no F*N ketchup. Blasphemy.
...Hot Doug's 3324 N. California Ave 773-279-9550
Call first though to make sure they're open.
Superdawg Drive-In (2 locations)
5700 S. Cicero Ave. 773-948-6300
6363 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-763-0660
The Wiener's Circle 2622 N. Clark St. 773-477-7444
I love the dogs at that place. I leave for Chicago tomorrow morning and will definitely be stopping by there while in town. Weiner Circle is an experience in and of itself and well worth a trip after the bar.
It is out of the way, but it's a great place. Maybe not as much fun this time of year as in the summer, though.
It's in Skokie, so it's out of the way, but it's the best I've found. If you go to Wiener's Circle, you need to go at night and ask for the $20 milkshake--it's delicious.
i believe you're referring to the famous 'chocolate shake'
That's the one. Overrated dogs, though, if you ask me.
I have a vague recollection that their dogs were badass. Although you can't swing a dead Buckeye in Chicago without hitting a good hot dog joint. Portillo's is strong for a chain.
when I lived in Chicago 13 years ago. It tends to be the first place I think of when it comes to hot dogs in the Loop area. But a couple of their outlets closed. I think that the only one that's in or near the Loop is on Wabash, somewhere between Lake and Jackson, and it shares space with some generic fast food chain like a Popeye's or something. I went there a couple of years ago. Meh.
Last I heard Wiener's Circle had been shut down by the Health Department:
I'm not a big hot dog guy, but my friends all rave about Gene and Jude's in River Grove.
Let's please put to rest the idea that Weiner's Circle has good food. The dogs are bad and the fries are beyond terrible. Plus it's absurdly overpriced.
Not sure why anyone has a thing against Gold Coast. They do a good job in my opinion. There is another new chain, America's Dog, that has pretty generic Vienna Beef dogs and does a good job with toppings.
Best fries I've ever had in Chicago: Mustard's Last Stand, which is right outside of the main entrance of Northwestern's football stadium.
I've heard the fries at Gene and Jude's are great, and that Poochie's on Dempster has the best dogs. Hot Doug's is great, although I've never had a Chicago style dog there, just some excellent sausages. They are closed until January 6th. If you get there by 11 on the weekdays, you won't have to wait as long, but Fridays and Saturdays are insane. I've waited an hour and a half.
Highly recommended. They don't even have ketchup at their establishment. Beautiful.
It was a sad day, but they came back within a week. If I recall correctly, it was just a busted water pipe or something.
Hot Dougs is by far the best. Go on a Friday/Saturday and you can get the fries cooked in duck fat (the best way). Unfortunately it closes early on weekends, 2ish maybe, and you will have to wait in line for at least an hour. Weekdays I have heard the line isnt bad at all but I havent seen it first hand.
make sure you order a chocolate milkshake. it's $20 but well worth the money.
the most expensive chocolate milkshake of which I've ever heard.
Its a Chocolate Milkshake you'll never forget...
I have never had a bad chicago dog in chicago, Portillo's is always good as well as what everyone above has mentioned.
You should really be wondering where to get the best chicago style pizza (unos) or italian beef (Al's Beef). And I will fight to the death on that. :)
Giordanno's does not impress me, Uno cannot be beaten except when Due has a shorter wait.
Gino's, my man. Gino's.
Kuma's for best burger, perhaps? Not exactly old-school Chicago, but it's a scene.
Oh wait, what. DAMN!!!! They tore it down to build a new El station at Fullerton
Weiner's Circle, they are always good. SuperDawg on N. Milwaukee also....both have been at their respective locations forever.
It's gotta be Weiner Circle. Good food, plus they treat you like crap in a fun way. A few years back I walked in and one of the lady cooks said to "What are you looking at you 4 eyed mother F***er". I recommend a few beers beforehand.
Lou Malnati's for deep dish
Mustard's has great dogs, burgers and beef (I worked across the street from there for 5 years and it was at minimum a weekly lunch play)
I honestly feel that lots of the little places have some of the best dogs and beef...just look for the Vienna sign and you'll be golden (finally have one here in SW Michigan that rivals its Chicago brethren...Mr. Goody's 3)
Only go to Weiner Circle if you are drunk and it is after 1am or so... it's part of the experience... You will never forget it.
Hot Doug's is awesome, but it is more of a gourmet sausage place (insert joke here). They have a rotating menu, so check out their website. Also, the recommendation for goose fat fries is good. It is BYO, so grab a six pack of your favorite brew if you are going to go. Be prepared to wait a long time if you are going during lunch hours. Somebody mentioned Kumas, if you decide on a burger, you can't go wrong there, but also be prepared to wait an hour and a half for a table during lunch.
Pretty much anywhere you go will have a decent hot dog. A lot of the stands use the same brand of hot dogs. I like Clark Street Dogs because I live close. Also have had Gold Coast Dogs. Portillo's are good (I like their crinkle fries too)...
Don't ask for a hot dog. You will be told quite clearly that they don't sell hot dogs.
Hot Doug's if you're going to get something besides a regular Chicago dog. The place is awesome.
Flub A Dub Chub's for a Chicago hot dog without having to go way the hell out to Superdawg (FADC's is in south Lakeview/north Lincoln Park). One of the better dog places I've been to.
Lou Malnati's or Pequod's for deep dish pizza.
I think people pretty already made it clear, but Wiener Circle is where you go after the bars close and you need food to sop up the 12 beers and 4 car bombs you drank at the bars.
That's literally the only thing it's good for. Don't even bother going there during the day (hell, is it even open during the day?) and don't expect "good" food.
...on Sheffield just south of Webster. I think it's an attempt to take over the old Demon Dogs crowd; that place really was excellent.
This Devil Dogs place just opened last month and I haven't been able to check it out yet.
Some DePaul grads opened a place on Fullerton just west of clark/halsted called "Chicago's Dog House" that is really excellent. It's kind of like a Hot Doug's lite. They do all kinds of different sausages and make these delicious chip/french fry things in front of you with a drill and a potato. They are awesome. I definitely recommend checking it out.
IME, Gene & Jude's is the best but they're not anywhere near downtown (on Des Plaines River Road in River Grove). Neither is Hot Doug's for that matter (South Side). You're going to have to use the L, Metra or Pace to get around. But, it'll be well worth the trip!
Check out the website for the address - hotdougs.com. It's on California just north of Belmont. It's closed until January 6th.
A few years ago I went on a Chicago Hot Dog quest. Murphy's Char Dog is the single best dog I encountered. It does everything just right.
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