The Patio

Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Friday & Saturday till midnight, other nights till 11

Price: $

Sixty-year-old Italian beef and hot dog stand also offering as well as a french fry sandwich.

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This 60-year-old University Village Italian beef and hot dog joint offers a touch of low-fi class: a giant old-fashioned clock and fake plants in wrought-iron holders adorn the faux brick and terra cotta walls, and there’s a jukebox full of predictable pop at the far end of the restaurant. The place was hopping at 10 PM on a Wednesday night, serving up chili dogs and Italian sausage to hungry students and bargoers. The juicy Vienna Polish is a steal at $2.60, served in a paper bundle alongside a heap of thick ketchup-slathered fries. Unusual menu items include Barq’s Red Cream Soda (a fruitier version of the classic), a "chili tamale boat" (with one scoop of chili or two), and the potato sandwich: a French roll dipped in gravy then stuffed with french fries. Vegetarians can opt for a melted cheese sandwich piled high with grilled sweet peppers.

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