Chicago Dog: Simplicity done right

By: Steve “Mo” Fye, Guest Food Critic

Photos By: Steve “Mo” Fye, Guest Food Critic

The new downtown hot dog joint, Chicago Dog, has a limited menu and only a handful of seats, but provides authentic hot dogs at a bargain price. The menu is by no means exciting, but quality ingre­dients and good recipes elevate it above many other Albuquerque hot dog purveyors.

The New York New York dog is simple and tasty, topped with spicy mustard and sauerkraut. Chicago Dog uses Vienna prod­ucts exclusively for their dogs. The Chicago Dog is served authenti­cally, with mustard, onions, a pickle spear and tomatoes and topped with celery salt.

The restaurant also offers other regional wiener favorites, such as the Dallas Dog, topped with Texas chili and cheese, and the Albuquerque Style with New Mexico green chile and cheese. Also available are the Polish Sausage or the German Bratwurst.

Not on the menu, but often available as a special, is the Italian Beef, a classic Chicago sandwich of wet-roasted beef on a bun dipped in the broth and served au jus.

The restaurant also offers salads — something not often found at a hot dog place. The Spinach Salad, House Salad and Cucumber- Tomato are on the menu, but there is often a daily special salad avail­able. The Potato Salad was acceptable, but it was disappointing to learn that it came in a tub from a food distributor.

Chicago Dog is perfect for a meal after classes or a bite before a movie or hitting the pubs down­town. The restaurant is located at 219 Central Ave. NW, 87102, next to New York Pizza Department, and is open Mon – Thu: 10:00 am-9:00 p.m. Fri – Sat: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

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