U.B. Dogs

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U.B. Dogs

This Loop newbie is doing the classic hot-dog-stand thing: Chicago-style dogs and cheese fries served quickly and eaten just as fast, whether at stools or a standing-only counter. The difference? This place is doing it right, doling out natural-casing Vienna Beefs topped with a crunchy pickle, hot sport peppers, juicy tomatoes and neon relish galore. Merkt's cheddar on the greasy fries was dry and pastelike, but U.B.'s "dipping sauces"—in flavors like chipotle and sun-dried tomato—give the divey place a little gourmet touch.

Venue name: U.B. Dogs
Address: 185 N Franklin St

Cross street: between Lake St and Couch Pl
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch (closed Sat, Sun)
Transport: El stop: Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Clark/Lake.
Price: Average hot dog: $3
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