Hours: Monday-Friday from "8 AM till we run out!"
Hot dog stand offering house-made gourmet sausages in addition to brats, Polishes, and Chicago-style Vienna Beef dogs. Phone orders are not accepted between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
I had great hopes for this unassuming nine-stool Loop sausage shop, which has adopted the Hot Doug's model while following Franks 'n' Dawg's in grinding and stuffing its own line of a dozen tube steaks. But at least three of the sausages I tried were nearly indistinguishable from the others, all characterized by an almost aggressive lack of seasoning and color. There was no trace of orange peel in the feta-topped special Greek loukaniko, and no garlic in the Polish. The chorizo had some heat, but little else; a Reuben at least had some flavor from the corned-beef cure, but was sloppily dressed with kraut and cheese. The buns themselves show some textural character, but the accompanying fries are of the frozen crinkle-cut variety. Regretfully, the best thing I ate was the tomatoey, spaghetti-style beef chili, which concealed a smoldering heat. A small breakfast menu is rolled out until 10:30 AM, and a couple of game sausages are featured each week.
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