Who Has the Best Hot Dogs in the Oak Park Area?

Last week’s issue of Time Out magazine had a story about Chicagoland hot dogs and how it appears that all roads seem to lead to Hot Dougs in the city. Since we’ll never get a Hot Dougs in Oak Park, I’m not going to waste my breath pining for one in this blog post. Instead, I wanted to talk about the hot dogs that we do have in the Oak Park area.

Five Guys Oak ParkThis weekend, we went to Five Guys for lunch. Personally, I think their hamburgers are a little underwhelming (there, I said it) but I do enjoy their hot dogs very much. So what’s so great about them? Well, Five Guys splits the hot dog in half, which I dig because it gives them more surface area to create their grilled goodness.

Customers can order an array of toppings at Five Guys, but for me, the true mark of a good hot dog is when all you need is the meat, bun and ketchup. I like my hot dogs au natural.

I can’t say that I’ve sampled may other hot dogs in the Oak Park area other than Portillo’s (which I also like) so I wanted to ask you guys who has the best hot dogs in the Oak Park area and why? Also, what do you put on your hotdog?

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Comment by Joyce Porter on April 4, 2010 at 10:35am
I love Tasty Dog and their toppings but wish they would use a better bun - maybe poppy seed.
Comment by Ernie Morales on September 30, 2009 at 8:23am
Yeah I have to agree on Portillo's too. There just isn't anything around here that could compare to a Fluky's (on Petersen) which is like a salad dog or Jimmy's (Pulaski&Grand) Greasy fries but the dogs melt in your mouth. Just remember not to ask for ketchup.

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Comment by Becca on September 29, 2009 at 6:37pm
So about the ketchup on my hot dog, I'm from the East Coast.

Sounds like I need to try the chili dog from Parky's. Maybe I could just get the chili from Parky's and put it on my Five Guys hot dog.

Comment by Brian Plain on September 29, 2009 at 3:37pm
Portillos was my first experience with a Chicago-style dog and I would say it is still the best.

I also would agree with Joel on the chili dogs at Parky's being excellent (even if my stomach disagrees after the fact) and ditto on the fries.

Comment by DumDumBoy on September 29, 2009 at 2:03pm
Wait, did I just read "ketchup" ???!!!!

That's a Cardinal Sin in these parts!

Mustard Onion Relish & Sport Peppers an an all beef (preferably Kosher) dog is the only way to go. Garden Dogs rock too (add lettuce, tomato, celery salt, pickle and sometimes cucumber on poppy seed bun to the previous toppings). And the occasional Chili-Dog w/ onions & mustard. But if you're over the age of 7, ketchup shouldn't be on your hotdog anymore. Actually it has something to do with the sweetness and acidity in the ketchup that taints the flavor of a good weiner thus making it a topping that yakes away from the melding of flavors.

Pete's does 'em up right and so does Portillo's. It's been years but I seem to remember Parky's being kinda nasty - like oscar meyer nasty.

I general though: Gene & Jude's in River Grove, SuperDawg at Milwaukee & Devon, Jimmy's at Grand & Pulaski and Fluky's in Niles serve up great dogs. Hot Dougs is awesome but it's no longer a "hot dog", those are gourmet sausage sandwiches.

Comment by Hank Marquardt on September 29, 2009 at 11:48am
Yeah, Parky's draw is the fries! Hot dogs are underwhelming ...

Tasty Dog ... Salad on a dog on a bun ... if you like lot's of veggies on your dog, this is tough to beat.

Pete's on Roosevelt & Ridgeland ... I like 'em ... mustard, onion, tomato, pickle, hot pepper (everything, hold the relish)

They're hot dogs ... nothing more, nothing less.
Comment by absweetmarie on September 29, 2009 at 11:09am
Parky's is my sentimental favorite, even though it's technically in Forest Park. Dogs are good and the fries are so greasy good they have to double bag them.


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