'Superdawg' on Serious Eats

The Serious Eats Chicago Dog Style Guide

Here's the thing: Most people think that the Chicago dog has an inflexible formula, one set down from on high, which mandates a certain seven toppings that must be included or the whole deal is off. But the reality I've encountered over the many years I've been searching for the best hot dog in Chicago is far more varied and interesting. Here's the guide to make sense of it all. More

The Best Of Standing Room Only

Back in 2009, I set out on a simple quest to find the best places to eat in Chicago while standing up. I didn't come close to covering all of the scene in those short six months, and now with a whole new crop of food truck pioneers on the scene, I'll have no trouble uncovering more options. But first I thought it would be best to start off with a look back at the best of Standing Room Only to showcase where I've already feasted. More

Standing Room Only: Superdawg

Superdawg is a fast-food fantasy land unlike anything else in Chicago. It's an honest-to-goodness drive-in with car hops, neon lights, and mascots (their names are Maurie & Flaurie) that seem to greet you from the road. Open since 1948, it has been mentioned often and loudly as one of the best Chicago dogs in the city. But I had my doubts. They break nearly every one of my Chicago hot dog rules. More

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