[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]
Whenever I take friends to Belly Shack, I give this long spiel about how everything is good, and then they inevitably look at the menu and order the Belly Dog. How can I blame them? Where else can you find a creation quite like this? It all starts with an all-beef hot dog, which is topped with tart pickled green papaya, spicy kimchi salsa, and, most surprisingly, crunchy egg noodles. Tossed on a toasted and split pita, the Belly Dog makes for one of the most satisfying hot dog options in the whole city.
Belly Shack, 1912 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map), 773-252-1414, bellyshack.com