PICK OF THE WEEK:
5181 W. Charleston blvd. at Decatur Boulevard, 778-4400
Ed Williams has brought a bit of Chicago with him in the form of authentic Chicago food, including Chicago hot dogs. His Vienna beef hot dog is delicately placed in a steamed poppyseed bun and topped with mustard, green relish, freshly chopped onions, a slice of tomato, a dill pickle spear, sport peppers and celery salt. Other treats include the charbroiled Maxwell Street Polish sausage, chili dog and the homemade Italian beef sandwich on French bread served dry (very little gravy) or dipped (entire sandwich dipped in gravy). The quarter-pound, all-beef hamburgers are charbroiled and served with mayo, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, pickles and ketchup on a toasted bun. There is a combo beef and sausage sandwich, Italian breaded rib-eye steak, pizza puffs, tamales, charbroiled chicken and, best of all, Green River pop. Among the sandwich add-ons are nacho cheese, cheese fries, hot Giardiniera peppers and home cooked sweet peppers. The garden salad has romaine and iceberg lettuce, red onion, tomato, carrots and olives with choice of dressing. The Chicago dog starts at $2.95 and hamburgers at $3.95. Chi-Town Dogs is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
– Jack Bulavsky