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WANT A GOOD CHICAGO-STYLE HOT DOG? Our Team Member Sue Tells You Where to Find One!

Often, when it comes to Hot Dogs here in Chicago - I'm the one most often referred to!   Sue Moss - General Manager, Manager of Unbeatable Service for Dean's Team CHICAGO!

However, my wife and our Team member, Sue Moss, offers these Hot Spots for the best Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, here in the city and the suburbs.

Before we begin, you have to understand the dos-and-dont's of Chicago Hot Dogs

First of all, true Chicago Dogs have a slightly-smoky taste, and medium-thick skin.  The best we've found are Vienna All-Beef Hot Dogs, manufactured right here near the corner of Damen and Clybourn, on the North Side of Chicago.  Vienna Hot Dogs are shipped, at great expense, all over the country, but they originate right here on the North Side!

Never call our dogs "franks"!  Or "weiners!"  Or anything else, OK?  They're simply HOT DOGS (Unless you're ordering a Jumbo Dog, or a Maxwell Street Polish Sausage - mmmmmm!)

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs come with loads and loads of the fixins - chopped onions, diced tomatoes, sport peppers, green peppers, lettuce, a pickle spear, mustard, and celery salt.  A few of the more adventuresome add sauerkraut to their dogs.  That's ok - but you probably won't get to spend the night with anybody after you eat a few Kraut Dogs for dinner - if you know what we mean!

Chilli on a dog?  You might get special dispensation if you come from Cincinnatti, but one-time only!

And - FOR GOSH SAKES - NEVER, NEVER, NEVER put ketchup on a Chicago-Style Hot Dog!  If you do, we're going to have to kill you.  Most likely, ketchup was invented so mothers can smear it all over every food they want their kids to eat.  So, unless your younger than seven years old - BAG THE KETCHUP ON YOUR DOG!  OK?  (You DO want to live, don't ya?)

According to Marcus Leshock of Metromix, here are his four highest-rated stands for the best Chicago-Style Hot Dogs -

The Weiners Circle  -  2622 N. Clark Street in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood of Chicago.  When asked, what's your secret, they simply responded that it's probably because their hot dogs are kept in their original casings.  Cost of Marcus' favorite hot dog -- $2.40.

Mustard's Last Stand - 1613 Central Street in Suburban Evanston.  Mustard's is steps from Ryan Field, the Football Home of the Northwestern Universtiy Wildcats.  It caters to many Northwestern students.  Cost of Marcus' favorite hot dog -- $2.49.

Hot Doug's is over at 3324 N. California Avenue near the Logan Square Neighborhood.  This establishment even has its own theme song.  Cost of Marcus' favorite hot dog -- $2.50.

Morrie O'Malley's at 3501 S. Union Avenue in the Bridgeport Neighborhood, near dreaded U.S Cellular Field on the South Side.  Morrie's has been in the business of selling hot dogs to White Sox fans for 19 years.  Cost of Marcus' favorite hot dog -- $2.00.

Here are three of my favorite hot dog spots, not rated by Marcus -

Gene & Jude's, 2720 River Road in Suburban River Grove.  This establishment has been around since the ‘50s with the same, simple menu consisting of hot dog, fresh cut fries and tamales.  That's it.  What a gold mine!

SuperDawg, located at 6363 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago's Norwood Park Neighborhoood, has been at this same location since May, 1948.  Another gold mine, a bit pricier than the other spots mentioned, but well worth it.  You can't miss it, just look for the two ten-foot ceramic hot dogs, made famous in the movie Wayne's World in the 1980's,  on top of this vintage car-hop drive-in.  You'll find SuperDawg at the intersections of Milwaukee, Nagle and Devon Avenues.

Chubby's,  at 4652 N. Western Avenue in Chicago's Lincoln Square Neighborhood,  just steps away from the Dean's Team World Headquarters, down here in the basement, and across from the Western Avenue Brown Line L Station.  Great Vienna All-Beef Dogs - and special price promotions, too!  On promotional days, chow down on two Chicago Style Hot Dogs, complete with hot, fresh-cut fries - for only $2.99!

So come to visit us in Chicago - and don't forget to sample the Local Cuisine!

Check out our post via BlogChicagoHomes.com for more info on Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, and links to the Marcus' Metromix Review.

SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Comment balloon 17 commentsDean Moss • April 24 2008 08:28PM

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Yum!  A hot dog sounds just about perfect right now!!
Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 10 years ago
One of the many things I miss about Chicago, thank you for the reminder. Down here in Houston, people look at me strange when I start making myself a bit of home. Of course, I am from the southside (born in Blue Island, and grew up on Lincoln avenue when it was still a German hang out), so I will take issue with your north side Vienna Hot Dogs, for my good old German frankfurters :)! Have fun exploring. Is the Lutz Cafe still around? No hot dogs, but good food. We always called it Cafe Lutz, but I remember the sign took the English version.
Posted by Frank Schulte-Ladbeck (Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections) over 10 years ago

Hey, folks -

Thanks for all the comments, and the nostalgia.  If you're ever up this way, let me know, perhaps we can grab a dog or two, perhaps an Old Style Beer (hey, they're bringing back Schlitz, too!)

Sorry to say, Demon Dogs is gone - a victim of the expanded Fullerton Avenue Red Line stop - no more room under the L tracks for this Chicago institution.  But many of the others still remain.

Forgot to mention Byron's, the old, original stand, near Wrigley Field, on Irving Park Road near Sheridan.  Great, juicy Chicago Dogs, and tons of greasy, hand-cut fries to boot!

Stop in anytime!

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Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) over 10 years ago
Dean:  I am so sorry to admit this... and I have no clue as to whether this preference of mine is because I am from Cleveland, but I just really, really love having ketchup on my hot dog.  Sorry Dean... :(
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago
OK ...You definitely brought back memories when you mentioned Gene & Jude's, was the Saturday night hang out :)
Posted by Maria Mastrolonardo, Realtor, Naperville, IL Real Estate (RE/MAX of Naperville) over 10 years ago

Maria -

If you remember the old days of Gene & Judes, you would probably also remember our old hangout, The Thirsty Whale, on the corner.  Sadly, the TW is long gone - and now a BP Gas Station.

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Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) over 10 years ago

Have to have the celery salt! Boy, do I miss my Chicago style hot dogs and a "soaker" - Italian beef sandwiches dripping in au jus.

I can't remember where it was, but I remember the best dogs along with homemade fries - Parkies? Or was it Parky's? Not too far from MidWay - I never thought I'd forget that place!

Posted by Debbie DiFonzo, Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate (Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri) over 10 years ago

Great post! Remember when Franksville was real popular? Does anyone remember Hasty Tasty on the 5400 block of N. Milwaukee? I also enjoy Plush Pup in Des Plaines. Their char-dog with melted Merkt's cheddar cheese is a winner.

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Posted by Erol Kartal over 10 years ago
What about Murphy's Red Hots on Belmont?
Posted by Andrew Magliochetti CCIM (Helios Realty and Development) over 10 years ago

I GREW UP IN CHICAGO IN THE 60'S - 70'S AND MY SISTER LIVED ACROSS THE ALLEY FROM HASTY TASTY.  MY GOD THOSE HOT DOGS AND FRYS WERE FANTASTIC.  THE PLACE WAS ALWAYS BUSY.  THE HAMBURGERS WITH EVERYTHING WAS A MEAL ON A BUN THATS FOR SURE.  MAYOR DALEY, I BELIEVE, ONCE PROCLAIMED IT THE BEST DOG IN CHICAGO.    I JOINED THE MARINE CORPS IN 75 AND EVERY TIME I CAME HOME I WENT THERE.  WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PLACE?  NEVER ATE AT SUPER DAWGS.  THOUGHT IT WOULD BE LIKE BEING A TRADER.  I'VE BEEN LIVING IN CALIFORNIA SINCE 82 BUT STILL REMEMBER ALL THE TASTES FROM HOME SWEET HOME.  I HATE TO SAY BUT I WISH THERE WAS A WHITE CASTLE OUT HERE.  OR A FRANKSVILLE LIKE THE ONE THAT WAS BY WRIGLEY.  WE USED TO HAVE A PLACE A COUPLE BLOCKS FROM MY HOUSE CALLED "YO JOES" AND ONE CALLED THE "QUICK SHAKE".  THEY'RE BOTH LONG GONE BUT THEY ALSO HAD GREAT DOGS AND BURGERS.  DON'T GET ME STARTED ON THE BEEF SANDWICHES AND COMBOS (1/2 BEEF AND 1/2 SAUSAGE).  I WAS HOME TWO YEARS AGO AND THE PLACE ON NARAGANSETT AND MONTROSE WAS STILL THERE.  I WAS IN HEAVEN.  I HAVE YET TO FIND GOOD STUFF LIKE THAT OUT WEST HERE.  WELL THANKS FOR LISTENING YOU LUCKY CHICAGOANS!!

Posted by JOE P IN TEMECULA over 10 years ago

I have been on a diet for 8 weeks now (and have lost 15 lbs. so far), but after reading that I'd like to cash in some AAdvantage miles and fly up to Chicago for a little hot dog tour!  YUM!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Dean, excellent "taste" in your ThemThem to 7 "hot dog" places in Chi-town, I'm hungry now, thanks. 

Posted by * Rate A Home (Rate A Home) over 10 years ago

Good ole' days right, Joe?

The beef place your referring to is Jay's and is there with another location in Mt. Prospect. I stll think the best beef is the original Al's Beef on Taylor street.

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Posted by Erol Kartal over 10 years ago

I grew up in chicago in the 60's. There was a vienna stand called Chicks on Milwaukee ave one block east of California, Thealso had fresh cut fries.

And how about the stand on Elston and George street Same menu.

Ther was also a small stand on Western and Altgeld Called Frans Dog House.

Posted by rich podraza almost 10 years ago

Frans was the best, Chicks had great dogs too. We used to shop  at the A&P across the street.

Posted by Bob over 9 years ago

I am the son of the great man that invented Tasty Hasty.  During the 2nd world war my father would sit at the edge of death in the many campaigns in the pacific and dream about the hot dog with all the veggies on it.  Fortunate for us he served his country only wounded twice. In 1947 he returned and founded Tasty Hasty. 

I worked at what we called the "stand" for all of my early days.  Dad taught me everything about the operations of a successfully Fast food drive inn.  To my regret dad wanted to retire and just wanted to sell Tasty, he sold it to one of the managers. That  guy started to change the theme,  the beginning of the end started.  Tasty Hasty closed in 1988.  YOU DON'T FIX WHAT IS NOT BROKE.

Still to this day I mention that wonderful hot dog stand, people sta''that was the best hot dog" .  I have get togethers with my family serving tasty dogs and burgers, with everything on (no ketchup).  Even my grant kids look forword to tasty dog parties.  The one problem is they keep wanting to put ketchup on.  I had to let them but when they reach 10 years old they must have "EVERYTHING ON'' no ketchup.

 

People say to start up a new Tasty Hasty, maybe some day I still own the name and corp.

Thanks for listening

Larry Nelson, son of Nels 

Posted by Larry Nelson over 9 years ago

Larry,

My parents grew up in the area, and Tasty Hasty was the major hang out when they were in their teens with the hot rods, etc. Although they eventually moved out to the burbs to start a family, they would often bring us kids there and it was a great treat for everyone. (blew away Superdog btw!)

Naturally, when we were real young, we very much looked forward to the big bin of toys that you kept on the counter - It's funny how you remember that kind of stuff 40 years ago. I think me and my brother were the main reason why you guys moved it from the eating counter, to up by the pickup window, as we'd always try to sneak more than one! (I'm going to hell for sure - Note: We're talking about spider rings and such folks!)

I in turn used to bring friends into the city to have a garden dog, and would often take a ride on our motorcycles. It was always the must do stop on the way back from a football game or something. I was horrified that fateful time we tried to stop in the late 80's and it was gone. What a heart-breaker!

It's weird because I've tried umpteen internet searches over the years hoping to find you moved the place and this was the first time I've found anything beyond someone making a quick mention that it closed.

I'd very much like to encourage you to start another one!  Can you shoot me an email??  mrmagloo (at) yahoo

Thanks

Posted by mrmagloo about 9 years ago

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