Saturday, September 22, 2012

Jim's Original

Location: 1250 S Union Ave
Cost: Less than $5 per person

A little while after I got back from NYC, my dad had some tickets to the Sox game he was trying to get off his hands. So Jeremy, the Professor, Scottie, and I took a little trip down south to watch them battle the Twins. Just a side note, it always amazes me how empty the games are, especially when they're in a playoff race. Either way, when we left the game we were looking for a place to grab a bite. Since it was on the way back North, we decided to stop at Jim's Original for some Polish sausages.

Jim's Original is a Chicago mainstay that's been around since the 1930s. It's a simple setup. You walk up to a window, place your order, and walk over to a counter built into the side of the building to eat. There's plenty of street parking around. The biggest logistic point is not to be confused by the stand right next door. Sometimes they build up a decent line, but you're probably better off waiting so that you don't get food that's been sitting around.

The guys working the stand are one of a kind. They give you the impression that there's a thin line between experienced flavor and health code violation. I forget exactly what the cost was, but for a sausage, fries, and a coke it was around $4.

The Food
They've got plenty of options to choose from. Jeremy almost went for the fish sandwich, but instead we all got the same order of a Polish Sausage and Fries. The sausages are grilled to a subtle char. They have a great snap and plenty of juiciness. They have this gigantic pile of grilled onions that they toss on top. Mine were soggy and oily. The bun was simple and soaked up everything real well. The fries were nothing special. They were a little mushy for my taste. The cheese on the side for the fries was the stereotypical ballpark nacho stuff.

The Polish Sausage

 A Close up on the Fries

Jim's Original is a piece of Chicago history. It's pretty convenient to hit up if you're going to or coming from a Sox game. The sausages are great, but everything else is the standard greasy stuff you'd expect from an average stand. I'm giving them 3.5 Pearls.

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