Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog
I am going to Chicago in November, and I know the city is renowned for its hot dogs. I think they even did a PBS special on the topic a few years back. For you Chicago natives or those that have spent a lot of time there, where is the "best" place to get a Chicago hot dog?
This is an impossible question (that could lead to fisticuffs in some quarters) to which there are no right or wrong answers. Chicago has the most, and the best hot dog purveyors per capita on the planet.
My personal favorite is 10 minutes south of O'Hare on River Road, just north of Grand Avenue (and the BP/Mickey D's on the corner) - the ever-popular Gene's and Jude's.
Red hots, tamales, fries, Pepsi (NOT Coke). Mustard, relish, onions and sport peppers. That's the extent of the menu, unchanged since 1951. If you want ketchup you'll have to swipe it from the McDonald's next door.
I believe you could be subject to immediate arrest if you're caught putting ketchup on your Chicago dog!
The only thing that would cause fisticuffs at Gene & Judes, is that ketchup remark!
Plus it might even get you booted off the Chicago board all together!
In my opinion, you can't go wrong with hot dogs from Gene and Jude's. Not only fries, but truly great fries!! Let's give Grizzly the benefit of the doubt and assume the ketchup was for the fries, not the hot dogs. Be prepared for a long line of people, and no seating anywhere - except for your car in the parking lot. Well worth it, though.
Another favorite is Superdawg Drive-In at 6363 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, at the corner of Devon and Nagle. Again, you eat in your car, but this time with car hops. Some picnic tables if the weather is nice. Web site says they have a "cozy, indoor dining room" but I have never noticed it. A little more variety on their menu. Great dawgs and pretty good fries. www.superdawg.com