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2019/08/25 01:56:53 (permalink)

Happy Dog in West Chicago

I have driven past Happy Dog in West Chicago numerous times while driving between Geneva and points east on Roosevelt Road. I have seen the sign, "the best hot dogs and hamburgers in town" and knew that I would have to try it eventually. Today was the day for a hot dog. It's a very good Chicago style hot dog, and I enjoyed it very much. The fries were also very good. They have a very large menu, and I'm sure I'll be back to try the hamburger, as well as a char dog and maybe even a corn dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Happy Dog
140 Roosevelt Road
West Chicago, Illinois
https://happydogwegomenu.com
 
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 04:43:16 (permalink)
Decent place for a dog in the area. Most interesting thing about this place is the building was one of the original Portillos. Building was moved to Wego from villa park back in the day .
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 08:45:35 (permalink)
Dogs look rather small. Ballpark supermarket size,
 
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 08:53:31 (permalink)
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Dogs look rather small. Ballpark supermarket size,
 


They didn't seem small, just kind of regular for a hot dog stand.
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 11:00:55 (permalink)
David,
 
That looks like a happy dog! Fun building. I'm looking forward to your burger report.
 
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 13:06:31 (permalink)
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Dogs look rather small. Ballpark supermarket size,
 



I think it's the size of the pickle that's throwing you off.  Having consumed more than my fair share of Chicago Style Hot Dogs, I can tell you, that's a hefty pickle.  Another way to tell the scale is by the size of the sport peppers.
 
Unless Vienna Beef is making Happy Dog a custom sized product, that is the standard sized Hot Dog for stands around here.  Definitely bigger than most of the Cincinnati Coney Dogs I've seen; about 50% larger.
 
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 13:14:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Wintahaba 2019/08/25 13:26:45
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Dogs look rather small. Ballpark supermarket size,
 



I think it's the size of the pickle that's throwing you off.  Having consumed more than my fair share of Chicago Style Hot Dogs, I can tell you, that's a hefty pickle.  Another way to tell the scale is by the size of the sport peppers.
 
Unless Vienna Beef is making Happy Dog a custom sized product, that is the standard sized Hot Dog for stands around here.  Definitely bigger than most of the Cincinnati Coney Dogs I've seen; about 50% larger.
 
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How can anyone make a judgment about the size of the hotdog? From this photo, they could have left it off the bun and I would be none the wiser.
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 13:25:20 (permalink)
I'm using the standard size fry as a reference. The roll looks about the size or a bit bigger than a regular hot dog bun.
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 13:28:43 (permalink)
This is from The Windmill , now a franchise in Jersey. That's a natural casing Sabrett made for them...but we can now get them at supermarkets. I judge all other's by this...
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 13:33:23 (permalink)
They do have an extensive menu!
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 17:51:03 (permalink)
leethebard
This is from The Windmill , now a franchise in Jersey. That's a natural casing Sabrett made for them...but we can now get them at supermarkets. I judge all other's by this...

The bun length needs to match the dog length. That’d end up on my shirt first bite.
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/25 22:43:57 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Wintahaba 2019/08/26 13:41:15
leethebard
Dogs look rather small. Ballpark supermarket size,
 


Happy Dog serves a natural casing Vienna Beef 8/1 with a 300 count pickle spear, which is Vienna Beef's largest spear. Most retail hot dogs are 12/1 and 10/1. 
 
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/28 15:58:16 (permalink)
Love this thread!  In my past two trips to Chicago, I fell hard for the Chicago-style dogs.  David, in one of your pictures above there are listings on the menu for a Char Polish and a Maxwell Street Polish.  What's the difference between the two?  Method of cooking?  Toppings?  Those were two things (among many others) that I have yet to try.  Thanks!
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/28 16:53:12 (permalink)
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Love this thread!  In my past two trips to Chicago, I fell hard for the Chicago-style dogs.  David, in one of your pictures above there are listings on the menu for a Char Polish and a Maxwell Street Polish.  What's the difference between the two?  Method of cooking?  Toppings?  Those were two things (among many others) that I have yet to try.  Thanks!


I have no idea! I'm sure Mark (CTD) does. I imagine the Maxwell Street Polish isn't char grilled.
 
 
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/28 19:35:36 (permalink)
In my experience, a Char Polish and a Maxwell Street Polish are the same thing.
 
At Rand Red Hots, here in Des Plaines, they offer two versions of the Polish Sausage.  The standard Polish is simmered and served with Mustard, Relish, and Raw Onions; Sport Peppers are optional.  The Maxwell Street Polish is char-grilled and served with Mustard, Grilled Onions, and Sport Peppers.
 
I usually go for the best of all possible worlds; a Maxwell Street Polish with everything, add Relish.  I have yet to be disappointed.
 
One big difference at Happy Dog may be the bread on which the Polish is served.  According to their menu, they use French Bread.  The standard Polish may come on the more typical Sesame PoppySeed Bun.
 
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/28 20:47:24 (permalink)
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One big difference at Happy Dog may be the bread on which the Polish is served.  According to their menu, they use French Bread.  The standard Polish may come on the more typical Sesame Seed Bun.

I don't believe I ever had a sesame seed bun during any of the many visits I made to hot dog joints during my 4-1/2 years in the Chicago area, but that was almost 30 years ago and I could be mistaken.
 
The Maxwell Street Polishes I remember were split lengthwise and then grilled or griddled on both the meat side and the skin side.  Could a more generic description like "Char Polish" skip the splitting?
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2019/08/28 21:08:26
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/28 21:03:32 (permalink)
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In my experience, a Char Polish and a Maxwell Street Polish are the same thing.
 
At Rand Red Hots, here in Des Plaines, they offer two versions of the Polish Sausage.  The standard Polish is simmered and served with Mustard, Relish, and Raw Onions; Sport Peppers are optional.  The Maxwell Street Polish is char-grilled and served with Mustard, Grilled Onions, and Sport Peppers.
 
I usually go for the best of all possible worlds; a Maxwell Street Polish with everything, add Relish.  I have yet to be disappointed.
 
One big difference at Happy Dog may be the bread on which the Polish is served.  According to their menu, they use French Bread.  The standard Polish may come on the more typical Sesame Seed Bun.
 
Buddy


It's interesting that they don't put on the menu that's on the wall the fact that the Polish is on French bread. Seems like that would be like having a char salami sandwich on French bread instead of the more advisable hot dog bun. But, you know, sometimes you need a great teacher to point you in the right direction. I'm so glad I've had that guidance.
 
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Re: Happy Dog in West Chicago 2019/08/28 22:37:31 (permalink)
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One big difference at Happy Dog may be the bread on which the Polish is served.  According to their menu, they use French Bread.  The standard Polish may come on the more typical Sesame Seed Bun.

I don't believe I ever had a sesame seed bun during any of the many visits I made to hot dog joints during my 4-1/2 years in the Chicago area, but that was almost 30 years ago and I could be mistaken.
 
The Maxwell Street Polishes I remember were split lengthwise and then grilled or griddled on both the meat side and the skin side.  Could a more generic description like "Char Polish" skip the splitting?


You are absolutely correct: no Sesame Seed Buns.  The traditional bun for a CSD or Maxwell Street Polish is Poppy Seed.  The correction has been made.
 
I must have been dreaming about Big Macs when I wrote that post.
 
Sitting here on a sesame seed bun, covered in special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions, waiting for two all beef patties to come along,
Buddy
 
P.S. Go ahead, make your rude jokes.  That's why set you up.
 
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