After a few slices at Malnati’s, we headed over to Superdawg, perhaps the most iconic Chicago Hot Dog stand in the entire city. Unlike many other dog joints, Superdawg does not use Vienna Beef wieners — they use their own proprietary formulated hot dog who’s manufacturer is a closely guarded secret.
From an architectual and aesthetic standpoint everything about this place, from the box artwork to the neon to the windows and the signage screams 1960s, although they’ve been in business since the 1930s.
Superdawg is a drive-in, where car hops come out to serve you.
If the weather is nice you can dine al fresco.
The box itself is classic Americana.
Packed inside is a meal fit for a king.
Extracting Superdawg from his paper sarcophagus requires major archaeological skills, or a large pile of napkins.
Superdawg, in all his glory.
Excellent chocolate shakes as well.
U Lucky Dog (Formerly Fluky’s)
6821 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
For a frame of reference and a point of comparison to Superdawg, Ronnie wanted me to have an experience at a classic Vienna Beef dog joint as well — he chose U Lucky Dawg, which was formerly known as Fluky’s, which was another legendary dog eating establishment.
As you can see, the buns are kept warm in a steam tray and the dogs are boiled.
A view behind the counter. Note the managment edicts — “BeNice”, “Suggestive Selling” “How Many Fries do you want” and “Will that be a large?”
Chicago Dog Mise-en-place.
eGullet Society Heartland manager Ronnie Kaplan.