These days, there is no such thing as just a hot dog. Jen and I found that out when we visited that Hollywood mecca “Pink’s”. But in Lincoln Park, we found a place that could be considered Chicago’s version. We find the best places quite by accident, and this gourmet hot dog emporium is no exception. Only around for three years, the “Dog House” serves gourmet to hungry DePaul students. We were so glad to get a chance to try some of the tasty menu items.
First of all, hot dogs aren’t just plain dogs. Each “Chicago ” dog has been given an unusual name. Some of these dogs include, “the German Shepherd”, “French Poodle” “Mayor Daley” and “Greektown.” What makes these dogs special are the ingredients on each sandwich. Greektown features feta and tzayaki sauce , French poodle with its bleu cheese and my fave , the German Shepherd is covered with tasty swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Where I come from, a hot dog isn’t a hot dog without sauerkraut. You can also get the original Chicago dog with tomato , celery salt, and pickles as well.
What intrigued me was the gourmet meat hot dogs. These epicurial delights include meats that are not usually thought of as typical hot dog meats. They run the gambit from alligator , venison, elk, and lamb. Since they are not the typical hot dog, Aaron uses garnishes like apple butter and blueberries on his venison hot dog . This gave the sandwich a sweet taste that is both original and pleasing to the palate. The lamb one is cleverly disguised with gyro fixings, complete with pita bread instead of a bun. Both were delicious and I loved the apple butter. It kind of reminded me of home. Chicago Dog House also has sandwiches and burgers too. Their Buffalo Chicken sandwich was tangy , but had that buffalo kick to it. I loved the bleu cheese as well.
Every combo meal comes with fries and a drink, but hold it. These are not ordinary fries, but frips. What is a frip you may ask? It is a combination between fries and potato chips. They are crunchy and oooh so good. We loaded ours up with chili and cheese and Jen scarfed them down. I don’t blame her, you could actually make a meal from these babies. And dessert , Aaron makes one that is worth a million. He takes one of the rarest minerals on earth and fries it in a pan . That’s right, a deep fried twinkie drizzled in chocolate sauce. People should venture to Lincoln Park just for this tasty. I never knew a twinkie could taste this good.
We would like to thank our host, Aaron Wolfson. He was so nice and gave us the scoop on each dish. He will give you the five star treatment as well. Chicago Dog House is located at 816 W Fullerton, right down from the Red Line stop. You deserve some good food so stop in today.
The counter and place where these tasty treats are created. The restaurant itself is comfy enough for students to study or just take a break from a busy day. Love the blackboard menu.
It is a meal in itself. Frips are a combination of potato chips and french fries. These are drenched in chili and cheese
The perfect dish to warm up to on a cold day. Chili that is not spicy at all, just seasoned right. Here it is garnished with tortilla chips, cheese, and cilantro.
No it is not a gyro , but sausage that is made out of lamb. It has all the fixins of a gyro though, including that yummy sauce
Specially named for one of my fave parts of town, the “Greek Town” looks more like a gyro than a hot dog. It’s the best of both tastes.
More precious than gold, it’s a deep fried twinkie. The perfect little indulgence