Organic Chicago dog?
We're visiting Chicago from 11/11-11/14. We've got plans for iNG, North Pond, Aviary, Longman and Eagle, Topolobampo, Xoco, Spiaggia, and LOTS of Argo Tea. We've eaten at Alinea the last two trips, so we're skipping it this time. The question may seem silly, but is as follows: We try to eat only humanely raised meat (meaning grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free-range chicken). I'd love to get a Chicago dog, and we won't have time to hit Hot Dougs while we're there. Any recommendations on a quick place to get a Chicago dog made from "humane" ingredients? We're staying in Lincoln Park, but can travel if we need to. Also, anyone have anything to say against any of the restaurants we've picked? We're pretty much just eating the whole time we're there. Thanks in advance!
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
819 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
There's a large Whole Foods Market near Sheffield & North Ave. with its own food court. I think one of their kiosks is a pseudo-diner and would probably have hot dogs. Given WF's policies regarding ingredients used/sold in their stores, any hot dogs they sell would probably be as close to what you're looking for as can be found in the city. I've never had a hot dog from them so I can't comment on the quality, but if you're committed to finding a hot dog made from "better" ingredients... It might be worth calling the store first to ask about any hot dogs they serve, though (312.587.0648)
Whole Foods - Lincoln Park
1550 N. Kingsbury St.
Whole Foods Market
1101 S Canal St, Chicago, IL
Drew's Eatery in Lincoln Square. Depending on where you are staying in Lincoln Park, it can be a quick-ish trip down Lincoln Ave either on the bus or the Brown Line (with a bit of a walk). If you make your way there, it is a great neighborhood to poke around in. Especially if you have seen all the main tourist sites, seeing a neighborhood of Chicago is a great way to spend an afternoon. I notice you like tea so you may want to check out Julius Meinl across the street from Drew's.
2207 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Overall, sounds like a good itinerary, covering a lot of bases: high-end, low-end, contemporary American, Mexican, Italian, etc.
>> Any recommendations on a quick place to get a Chicago dog made from "humane" ingredients?
Not that I know of. If you had asked about burgers, I know Edzo's in Evanston usually offers options for burgers made with meat from Tallgrass Beef or Dietzler Farms.
>> We're staying in Lincoln Park, but can travel if we need to.
Then you might want to try Franks 'n' Dawgs, if you're looking for something more exotic than the usual hot dog. For a traditional Chicago-style hot dog, Wiener Circle is another place that's right in the 'hood.
>> Also, anyone have anything to say against any of the restaurants we've picked?
I'm not sure what XOCO adds to an itinerary that already has Topolobampo. Not that there's anything wrong with XOCO, but...
I ate at Longman & Eagle recently and it was the worst meal I've had in years, due to overseasoning of the food. www.chow.com/topics/804480 But some other people like it. I'm a strong believer in trying places, so if you want to go, go, and decide for yourself.
If you have more questions, please ask. And if you can, let us know afterwards what worked and what didn't!
445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610
2622 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
1571 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Franks 'n' Dawgs
1863 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Longman & Eagle
2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647