Another week, another stop on the Chicago Hot Dog Tour. It's a never-ending journey as new spots will always be opening. Take Hot Dog Express on Milwaukee in Portage Park as example. They've been open for a year or two now and their turn came recently when I was hungry for snack while driving by.
New locals favorite in Portage Park
This place is your prototypical Chicago Style Fast Food shack. First off it's a small space inside, there's a few seats but it's mostly takeout. They got the Chicago sports posters on the wall and the menu has everything it needs as far as the regular items on it go. They do fresh cut fries, this was good news, it means we're halfway there as far as it being a worthy hot dog option in town. The other thing that needed to be seen was what type of hot dog was being used. I'm not talking about the brand, we already established it's a prototypical stand thus they use Vienna Beef. I'm referring to whether it's a boring skinless dog or the snappy well seasoned natural casing variety. It was boring. Aside from the poppy seed bun it was dressed nicely as far as Chicago style goes and the fries were spot on. I'd go here now and then if I lived or worked in the area but it wont crack my rotation unless the switch to natural casing wieners is made.
Chicago Style Hot Dog
Hot Dog Express
4300 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60641