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Chicago, home of the well-composed Chicago-style hot dog, is also ground zero for haute encased-meat cuisine. While many celebrated stands put their own spin on the original (including Gene & Jude’s, Byron’s, Superdawg, and Wiener’s Circle), several spots go farther afield, selling creative gourmet sausages. Here’s a guide to which are top dogs and which are just dogs.
711 W. Armitage Ave. 773-639-2976
Makes own sausages? No.
Gestalt It’s a hot dog stand.
Best Item Argentina: grilled Argentine sausage and chimichurri on a French roll ($4.50). A decent sausage, a goodish roll, and a thin spread of sour chimichurri add up to adequate. C-
Worst Item Canada: hot dog, mayo, maple syrup, and chopped chives ($3.75). Takes the challenging porky-lardy flavor inherent in hot dogs and makes it worse. F
Yeah, But . . . The hot dogs don’t taste that good. Throwing random ingredients on them doesn’t solve that problem.
Photograph: Courtesy of the restaurants