So many stories about hot dogs have gone up this month, you may wonder whether we eat anything else in Chicago. But some of my favorite hot dog stands serve items that are just as good, and in some cases, even better than the dogs.
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What we love about the best cheap eats in Lincoln Park is that there is an appealing mix of old school joints and new concepts hungry to win over the crowds.
Branko's in Lincoln Park is a family-run operation with a few legitimate surprises on its menu of mostly Chicago classics. Sure, you can go for the natural casing hot dog or an extra-meaty Italian beef, but the real highlight is the grilled chicken sandwich.
At Branko's you'll find all the Chicago classics—hot dogs, Italian beefs, and gyros—but every dish seems to have a distinct personal touch by the owners, which makes sense considering the same family has owned the restaurant since 1976.