Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Location: 333 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling and 6363 N Milwaukee Ave.
Cost: About $10 per person

My buddy and old roommate, Steve, was heading back to Arizona for another year of dental school after a summer break in Chicago. Steve and his father, The Dude, know north side hot dog places like the back of their hands (probably because they hit them up on a far too regular basis). Of all the places they frequent there's nowhere they'd prioritize over Superdawg. With such little time left to utilize my connoisseur of sorts, I made Steve head up to Wheeling to check this place out.

Superdawg has an old school drive in setup. You can order from a radio box and eat in your car. If that's not your cup of tea, they have some indoor seating and some patio tables. They're open pretty late (till midnight on the weekends and 11 on the weekdays). The lines can get pretty long, but we went in the mid afternoon.

The service is fast, but there's not too much to hot dogs and fries that takes time. The cost is a bit more than what I'd like. A hot dog and fries is $5.25, and a shake is $4. Portion wise, you don't get a ton of food either. The box they serve the food in looks kind of cool, but I think it's just a backhanded way to skimp on fries a bit.

It should be noted that they have a location in Chicago on Milwaukee and Devon in addition to this spot in Wheeling.

The Food
Our orders were straightforward. We each got a Chicago style hot dog with everything and fries. I got a chocolate milkshake on top of that. The dog was fantastic in every sense of the word. The bun was light and fluffy. The dog itself had a firm casing with a nice snap. There was the proper proportion of mustard, tomato, sport peppers, neon green relish, pickle, and onions. The milkshake was touted as ridiculously thick. I'd say it was as thick as possible while still being able to drink it through a straw. Some people think this is an impossible feat, but they're probably just not trying hard enough. The french fries were crispy, lightly salted, and crinkle cut. There wasn't a single soggy fry. I just wish there were more of them.

The Dog and Fries
 The Chocolate Shake

Also, not that we tried these this time around, but Steve says his family also likes the Superfish sandwich and the Whoopskidawg (polish sausage).

There's nothing not to love about Superdawg. The whole operation is fantastic from the giant hot dogs on the roof to the neon car ports where you can order. The dog and fries are near perfect. It's the standard that all other dog spots should be held to. It's not the best deal, but it's not going to break the bank either. I'm giving them a Pearl Necklace, 5 out of 5.

After writing this post I went to the original location which is much closer to the city (6363 N Milwaukee). All I really need to say is that I loved it just as much as the Wheeling location if not more. I wanted to try other things like the Whoopskidawg, but I was just in a hot dog and shake mood again. If you're a city dweller with a car, this is a totally reasonable option for a fantastic hot dog that is well deserving of the Pearl Necklace.

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