Chicago-style hot dog fanatics have a new indie spot to try in Frisco
Dallas is already on the verge of getting an authentic Chicago hot dog with the looming arrival of Portillo’s, the fast-casual Chicago-based brand, coming to The Colony in the fall. But for those who can’t wait, there’s an independent store now open in Frisco that offers a compelling spin on Chicago hot dogs and more.
Called Chicago Avenue Hot Dogs, it opened in March at 15922 Eldorado Pkwy. #700, where he is already impressing Chicagoans with his hot dogs, fries and Italian beef sandwiches.
The restaurant is in a strip mall with a Petco at the intersection of Custer Road, in the former Barnlight Eatery space, which he transformed with touches of Chicago culture that include checkered tablecloths, marble wallpaper, velvet brocade, street signs like W. Ontario St, and a few perfectly restored vintage gas pumps on display.
The centerpiece of their menu is Chicago hot dogs, and they use Vienna hot dogs to get that much-desired “snap” in the case.
Their Chicago-style hot dog comes with mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, kosher pickles and sporting peppers piled high on a steamed poppy seed bun , which seems legitimate. They also have a chili cheese dog, a Polish sausage cured with the Chicago hot dog, and a Maxwell Street Polish sausage grilled and topped with mustard and sliced grilled onions. Prices range from $3.59 to $5.39.
They also cover that other Chicago staple, the Italian beef sandwich, topped with bell peppers, giardiniera peppers, and mozzarella or American cheese. A Big Beef sandwich contains 50% more meat than the regular sandwich.
Beyond the Chicago classics, they have ribs, chopped salad, Caesar salad, spicy fried chicken sandwich – because you can’t not have a fried chicken sandwich right now – plus tenderloins of chicken, a hamburger and a cheeseburger.
Accompaniments include solo fries, topped with cheese, or topped with chili and cheese; and onion rings.
Owners are Chicago native Rick Henry and his wife Jamye, and they’ve been overwhelmed by the influx of enthusiastic customers. Aficionados have noted that the menu has many similarities to Portillo’s, and those who have already been warned that the wait can be up to an hour. The restaurant had to close early several times and doesn’t yet have a phone, which means there’s no way to call ahead.
They plan to eventually serve beer and wine but are awaiting TABC approval. “Until then, BYOB!” they say.