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Superdawg

6363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL - (773) 763-0660
Posted By Jack Barry on 3/19/2007 1:08:00 AM
On my way from O'Hare Airport to the hotel I asked the cabbie to make a pit stop at Superdawg, for my first Chicago-style hot dog experience. As I'm not from the Chicago area, I was prepared not to like the abundance of toppings, but Superdawg soon changed my opinion. In retrospect, it was the best of the three hot dog places I visited on my trip (Portillo’s and The Wiener’s Circle are the others).

Superdawg uses a custom made all-beef dog that is plumper and thicker than a typical Vienna Beef dog (a common favorite in Chicago). The addition of celery salt, chopped onions, mustard, neon-green relish, pickle, and a poppy seed bun only heightened the experience. On the downside, the complementary “Superfries” packed tightly into the 1950’s-styled box were just an average, crinkle-cut variety that made it very difficult to dig down to the hot dog while I was sliding around the backseat of a taxicab. Fortunately, I also ordered a side of onion chips (not rings) that was the tastiest onion dish I have ever eaten – a certain must-eat when stopping by Superdawg.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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This is one of Chicago's top red hots, served the traditional way buried under a pickle spear, mustard, onions, and picallili. The poppy seed bun is a nice, soft mitt; and the French fries are HOT from the fry kettle.
"This is one of Chicago's top red hots, served the traditional way buried under a pickle spear, mustard, onions, and picallili. The poppy seed bun is a nice, soft mitt; and the French fries are HOT from the fry kettle."
Michael Stern





This is what emerges after wrestling the dog out of the Superdawg box.
"This is what emerges after wrestling the dog out of the Superdawg box."
Stephen Rushmore


These heavily fried and battered onion chips should be tried after everything else on the menu.
"These heavily fried and battered onion chips should be tried after everything else on the menu."
Stephen Rushmore


The paper wrapping reveals Superdawg's tamale.  It's not the real thing, but interesting nonetheless.
"The paper wrapping reveals Superdawg's tamale. It's not the real thing, but interesting nonetheless."
Young Kim


The thin patty on a toasted hamburger bun is delightful.
"The thin patty on a toasted hamburger bun is delightful."
Stephen Rushmore



""Your Superdawg lounges inside contentedly cushioned in...Superfries""
Stephen Rushmore


It's always fun to read the box in which a Superdawg is served.
"It's always fun to read the box in which a Superdawg is served."
Michael Stern


Supermalts are...well...super!  Thick, rich and frosty while quenching the thirst at the end of the meal.
"Supermalts are...well...super! Thick, rich and frosty while quenching the thirst at the end of the meal."
Stephen Rushmore


Eating a superdawg requires many napkins.  This is one that we managed to preserve without spillage.
"Eating a superdawg requires many napkins. This is one that we managed to preserve without spillage."
Michael Stern


Superdawgs Flaurie and Maurie standing on the roof make this drive-in easy to spot from a distance.
"Superdawgs Flaurie and Maurie standing on the roof make this drive-in easy to spot from a distance."
Michael Stern



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