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« on: February 18, 2007, 06:08:44 AM »

Watching the Travel Channel yesterday (Hot Dog Heavens) got me to thinking.....

What is your favorite hot dog joint, and why?

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2007, 09:23:33 AM »

After an night of "Cruisin' the Hood" and working up a monster case of the "Munchies" we'd decend upon Fat Johnnys on Western Ave. and 71th St.
Just a dingy little open-air shack with nothing really special about the Dawgs, it was more about the people you were with, the other people in line, and the ½ hour of naming other posible eaterys before inevitably deciding that Fat Johnnys was the only place that could cure those midnight munchies!
I think the place is still there but it's not the same owner and it's certainly not a location I would want to be at even in brood daylight yet alone late at night!
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2007, 04:40:29 PM »

The hotdog guy on on 44th and maplewood in brighton park
but long gone now
He had the best in my opinion :T:
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2007, 08:04:43 AM »

You from Brighton Park too Randy? :shock:
I lived on 43rd & Rockwell right around the corner from "Joe's Corner of the World" and was one of it's permanant residents for many years :B  (maybe too many years! :D )
I've known "John dah hotdug guy" for many years, he lived across the street from me.
I've even fixed a few flat tires on his cart for him over the years and occasionally helped him push his cart back home late at night.
My fav from John wasn't his hotdugz (although they were GREAT!) it was a chili/cheese/tamale on a bun with sport peppers & onions (which may explain some of the digestive tract problems that plaque me to this day) I'm told that after Ralphie closed Joe's Corner and moved first to Arizona and then eventually to California, John tried moving down the street to the F.B.I. Club (Fountain Blue) at 42nd & Campbell for a short time before calling it quits, but I believe (although I woudn't swear to it in court) his son still has his stand at 44th and Washtenaw, if memory serves me that was "Anne's Office"? After 10 years it's hard to remember all the bar names in Brighton Park, as there is a bar or a church on almost every block, and I've been in most of them... the Bars that is!
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2007, 08:42:46 AM »

We don't got no good stinkin hot dog places up here.  If I want a good one, I've got to make my own.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2007, 10:07:50 AM »

It just occurred to me that I've neglected to mention my current favorite Dog stand, that would without question be "Skyway Dogs" at 95th and Ewing!
After a long day of fishing in and around Calumet Harbor it is not only customary but mandatory that we stop off and get a few Roaddogs or a Polish to hold us over until we get home!
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2007, 12:41:03 PM »

Hard to beat a hot dog at the old ball park (Wrigley) They just seem to taste better there for some reason.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2007, 05:17:30 PM »

Yep- Skyway is 5 minutes from work, and we occasionally grab a sack.
Let's not forget Carl's Red Hots at 83rd. and Jeffrey. Even closer to work! LOL
Before building the new place, their old joint was a tiny little shack- but always had a line down the sidewalk.

Once in a great while, I'll stop the truck at Clark St. Doghouse- but they have gotten a little too expensive of late.
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How about the worst dogs.....
Any Maxwell Street dog joint.
There used to be only a couple, namely the one at 14th st.
The polish are OK- but the dogs are horrendous.
No "Chicago Style" here. Just mustard and onions, sport peppers optional.
Have yet to see one in a neighborhood that doesn't have 5 people hit ya up for change before ya even get out of the vehicle, BTW.
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