Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 4, Thursday till 2, Monday-Wednesday till midnight
Hot dog stand founded by the late "Fat" Phil Ashbach, former co-owner of the venerable Herm's Hot Dog Palace. Cash only.
In the early 70s, "Fat" Phil Ashbach co-owned the venerable Herm's Hot Dog Palace in Skokie before quitting the game. Flash forward to the 21st century, when he hooked up with the folks who run Lockdown and grabbed this Ukrainian Village spot, which opened under the moniker Phil's Last Stand. There he resumed putting out a truly excellent, snappy char dog—scored on the ends and along its length so the edges of the natural skin casing pick up an irresistible crisp from the flames. He also resumed pushing his sloppy LA-style burgers (a la In-and-Out) called (of course) Fatsos. While this is perhaps my least favorite style—putting Thousand Island dressing on a burger is akin to putting ketchup on a hot dog—the char grilling makes all the difference. And the jumbo shrimp that load the po'boys here? Also fat, and fried crisp to rival the good ones at Red Hot Ranch. Ashbach died of a brain tumor in 2014; his namesake lives on—and is still cash only. Read the full review >>