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Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog

As mentioned a few times, Gene and Jude's isn't a "Chicago" dog in the pure sense, though it is still awesome. A char dog from a Gold Coast is fantastic, and Superdawg is overrated. Wiener Circle is a great place to get belittled by the staff, and a ton of fun, but the dog is average. I'm pretty sure the cheese fries are covered in government cheese. Portillo's has changed their dog, and it is no longer quite the same, though still great in a pinch wherever you may be in Chicagoland. There is no way to get a general consensus on what the best Chicago dog is. Way too many perfect dogs in the city. Try them all and make your own choice!

Jul 25, 2007
sirball in Chicago Area

Johnnie's Beef review -- good beef but underwhelmed

I made a weekend ritual of visiting Johnnie's. I never remember seeing security, though it has been a few years since I have been there. I have definitely seen a decrease in the quality of the beef over the years, as well as a gradual increase in the price, though it is still one of the best out there. Get it "juicy" with gardinera, and let the juice drip over the fries, end it with an ice with no cover, a grape pop, and viola. As already reported, a two beef minimum is almost required, and hot dogs aren't what they are known for. Hot dogs can be done right not too far away at Gene and Jude's. Stick with the beef, ice, combo, fries, and pepper and egg during lent, and you will be pleased. Lines are usually out the door, though move somewhat quickly. Not the best beef in the world, though definitely worth a visit.

Jul 25, 2007
sirball in Chicago Area