You can't really miss driving by this bright yellow building on Chicago Avenue. The first thing to note is that they're CASH ONLY and don't take any bills over $20. The building is setup with a counter in front of some grills and maybe 10 booths. The service was very quick, and we didn't really have to fight much of a lunch rush even though we got there at 12:15.
The food is really cheap with a dog and fries running $2.60. I think a jumbo dog and fries was $3.60. They also have some gimmicks like buying 4 cheeseburgers gets you the fifth one for free. I think they run a $5 daily combination special which should be plenty to fill you up.
We all got a variation of pretty much the same food. I went for the daily special which was a hot dog, fries, drink, and tamale for $5. The hot dog was a little skimpy on the Chicago dog necessities with 1 sport pepper, a tiny bit of green relish, and most importantly no poppy seeds on the bun. Still, a good Vienna beef dog still makes a tasty lunch. The fries were a little on the meatier side, crispy, but a little bland. The Tamale was so awful. I should have known that it was going to be some microwave piece of crap, but I guess I never expected to be served some lump of kishke that was formed into a tamale shape and served without any semblance of a husk. I don't think I can blame them for this one, but you should all know not to make the same mistake as Ricky and I did.
The Hot Dog and Fries
Odge's seems to be one of those places that's been around forever that makes a living off of nostalgia alone and not food. The main message is that there's really no need to go there, and the hot dog guru Steve Bacalar agrees. At least it was cheap. I'm giving Odge's 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.