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The Chicago Traveler

Huey’s Hot Dogs

by Matt B on June 9th, 2007

I just got back from Chicago’s Andersonville Midsommarfest a couple hours ago. With all the great food and music, I didn’t want to leave! I had walked from end to end of the festival several times, wanting to see everything, and after a few hours, I thought it best to come home and rest my feet.

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While I was journeying back and forth, sampling different wares and foods, I came upon a small eatery I hadn’t noticed in the neighborhood before, despite the fact that I’ve lived in the area for a number of years. And yes, I know I’ve written about hot dogs before, but you can never have enough hot dog places, especially in Chicago.

I was drawn to Huey’s Hot Dogs by the bright red sign out front, as well as the numerous dining tables set up outside. Inside, the walls are appropriately painted ketchup-red and mustard-yellow. I stepped up to the counter and focused on the chalkboard menu above me. The hot dogs were Vienna Beef, as I expected them to be, but they could be served charred or steamed, an unanticipated but pleasant option. They could also be served any way you wanted, whether that be plain and simple or tasty (and messy) double chili-cheese. The menu included hamburgers (with bleu cheese!), grilled chicken sandwiches, and salads, and I later found that Huey’s is well-known for its veggie dogs and veggie burgers. I made my order: a Pokey’s Polish, with mustard and relish. What’s that you say? It comes with fries? Great! I ordered a fountain drink, paid for my meal, and headed toward the attached dining area.

I sat down at one of the tables in the dining room, figuring that most of the tables outside would be taken due to the festival going on. Looking around, I noticed there was even a mini-table that’s perfectly kid-sized. It wasn’t long before my order was ready and waiting at the small pick-up window that is embedded in one of the dining area’s walls. And just in case you do choose to sit outside, the staff uses an intercom system to call out orders when they’re ready.

The meal was great; the fries just the right balance of soft and crispy. I’ll be sure to head back again. Next time, I’m going to get one of the old-fashioned milkshakes I’ve heard about.

Photo credit: synaesthesia

Huey’s Hot Dogs ($): 1507 W Balmoral Ave; 773-293-4800
Mon - Sat: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sun: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Street parking available
Public trans: Bus # 22, 50, 92

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POSTED IN: Hot Dogs, Restaurants

2 opinions for Huey’s Hot Dogs

  • Karyn’s Fresh Corner
    Jun 13, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    […] a town known for its hot dogs, pizzas, and Italian beefs, some folks need to take a break with something light and fresh. […]

  • Olive Oil
    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    […] olive oils are high in anti-oxidant properties,” she says. Here, just around the corner from Huey’s, you’ll find 24 extra virgin olive oils from nine different countries, and tastings are held […]

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