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Mike’s Chicago Hot Dogs

25 May 2010 6,348 views Add a Comment

If anyone should be writing about Chicago-style anything, it’s most definitely not me. As much as I hate to admit it, my only forays to Chicago have been confined to transfers at O’Hare…

I have, however, heard that they make some pretty tasty hot dogs there (along with a few other things). So this past weekend, feeling as though I had no energy to even walk (sleeping sickness, mono, who knows), I was suddenly struck with a craving for a hot dog. This is even more odd, as I grew up in the South, where as far as I remember as a kid, involved burning the damn things until they were charred beyond recognition – I shudder to think about it.

So kid it tow, I ventured out to Mike’s, the closest hot dog stand I could find to the house. I didn’t catch the guy’s name behind the counter (see sleeping sickness, above), but as we were new customers, he gave us the full rundown on what turned out to be a pretty extensive menu. My heart quickened a bit at the mention of Italian beef sandwiches (I know, I’ve never been to Chicago, but I am a food blogger – I know about this stuff…). My total lack of accent and flawless pronunciation of giardinera did get me an “Oh! You’re from Chicago!”, but I had to admit that indeed, I was not.

Unfortunately, I was unsure of my appetite (and even of Mike’s), so I went with a Polish sausage with grilled onions. My son went with the hot dog and obligatory, flourescent green relish (I recall reading about this somewhere, so it was a little less of a surprise to me).

Soft, poppy seed buns and nice casings on the meats were satisfying and tasty. We’ll definitely be going back.

Mike’s Chicago Hot Dogs
5948 Roswell Rd.
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 252-8484

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