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Coney Island: What's The Deal With This Place?

dirwuf Jul 28, 2010 08:39 PM

As a newly transplanted Chicagoan, I took my first visit to Coney Island today; my family and I had just finished our requisite Nathan's when we looked across the street to see... "Big Al's Chicago Hot Dog King".


The place was shut down.

What's the story? Was it/Is it any good? Did they just heat up frozen White Castles? Could someone pick a worse spot in the universe to open a Chicago hot dog stand?

Someone enlighten me.

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    Geo8rge RE: dirwuf Aug 1, 2010 04:46 AM

    Businesses come and go. There is a kind of media campaign to tear down Coney Is, and with a huge application of public spending, rebuild it as something else.

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      kernel RE: dirwuf Aug 1, 2010 11:38 AM

      Place is open seasonally-the french fries are completetly different from Nathans and excellent, but the dogs should be purchased at Nathans!

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        dirwuf RE: kernel Aug 1, 2010 01:19 PM

        Just curious, as a transplanted-Chicagoan, how these dogs rate...and how do they serve real White Castle burgers?

      2. DaveCook RE: dirwuf Aug 2, 2010 09:03 PM

        Stopped in once, two years ago, but a Chicago dog wasn't in the cards:


        Don't recall seeing Big Al's in business last summer.

        Big Al's
        3007 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

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          dirwuf RE: DaveCook Aug 2, 2010 09:24 PM

          Thanks Dave, I'm still confused by the White Castle signage.

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