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What To Get: Hot Dog, Polish Sausage, Mother-In-Law (tamale in hot dog bun with chili, onions, tomato, sport peppers).
What To Know: Present location open since 1970, walk-up window plus a small outdoor patio with tables.
Chicago hot dogs and mother-in-laws (a hot dog bun stuffed with a tamale, covered with chili) were huge Chicago staples when everyone was broke during the Great Depression. Well, we live in our own version of that every weekend after we spend everything in our bank account on booze and food. If you're like us, then a classic dog or tamale from Johnny O's is a sensible financial decision at a time when none of your other decisions make any sense.
Johnny O’s looks like it might blow away at any second, but that’s part of the charm. This Bridgeport staple has a more robust menu than just hot dogs, so consider getting an Italian sausage, breaded steak sandwich, or mother-in-law (a.k.a. a tamale on a hot dog bun). The irony of the “dining room open” sign is that there’s no dining room, but there are a few tables on a cute patio around the side.