Slideshow: Top 10 Standing Room Only Posts of 2012

In Search of the Gym Shoe, Chicago's Unsung Sandwich
In Search of the Gym Shoe, Chicago's Unsung Sandwich
"Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce the Gym Shoe, a heretofore unrecognized player in the Chicago sandwich scene. Part Italian beef, part gyro, with slices of corned beef folded in just for the hell of it, it's a mess of a sandwich that can be mystifyingly delicious, if done properly." Read more here >>
Hamburger Heaven Express
Hamburger Heaven Express
"Thankfully, not only does this Bridgeport stand shun the frozen pucks, the patty comes out with a gorgeous blackened crust—clear evidence of a hot griddle. I almost cried with joy when I unwrapped the cheeseburger ($4.60). Look at it! I legitimately thought I had found paradise." Read more here >>
The Meatloaf Bakery
The Meatloaf Bakery
"Don't worry, the meatloaf isn't topped with icing or sprinkles. Rachel Green had no hand in this. Instead, this is meatloaf that merely looks like a cupcake. In the most basic iteration, meat is cooked in a cupcake mold and topped with a scoop of mashed potatoes--mashed potatoes, I might add, that look eerily like icing. Regardless of how the creation tastes, it is cute." Read more here >>
Half Pound Burger Worth the Wait at Mustard's Last Stand
Half Pound Burger Worth the Wait at Mustard's Last Stand
"Mustard's is, as I found out the hard way, quite small. When busy, the line snakes all the way to the back and then curls around, leaving little room patrons attempting to eat at the small counter. Cramped and chaotic, it's the first stand in a while where I actually felt claustrophobic, something that I never usually have to worry about. But how could I leave and miss the show? Read more here >>
Rotten Johnny's
Rotten Johnny's
"Rotten Johnny's is a stand in the strictest sense, which means I can't help but automatically love it. In fact, it's the kind of establishment this whole column was inspired by, even if that has more to do with the building than the food (though it does have some major pluses in that department, too)." Read more here >>
Felony Franks
Felony Franks
"Though this column is usually about celebrating stands, I figured I should be the one that actually ate the food at Felony Franks. I realize now why everyone only talked about the theme; the food is a complete afterthought." Read more here >>
Lito's Empanadas
Lito's Empanadas
"Founded in 2007 by Carlos Escalante, Lito's sells empanadas, and only empanadas, in a very tiny storefront in Lincoln Park. Sure, there are a few stools next to a counter by the window, but the employee looked at me like I was crazy when I said I would be eating in." Read more here >>
Fat Johnnie's Mother-In-Law Deserves Fame
Fat Johnnie's Mother-In-Law Deserves Fame
"I prepared myself for pure ridiculousness—the kind of over-the-top greasy experience that gives you instant gratification, but then comes back to haunt you later on. I mean, come on. The mother-in-law features one of those cornmeal tamales Chicago has been mass producing for decades plus chili, most of the toppings from a fully loaded Chicago-style hot dog, and, for good measure, some raw cucumber. This should not work. And yet, miraculously, somehow the mother-in-law does." Read more here >>