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Gene & Jude's

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A hot dog topped with fries.
Photograph: Courtesy Gene and Jude's

Time Out says

Do not ask for ketchup when you order one of the legendary slender, snappy hot dogs that come topped with a fistful of fries at this SRO institution that’s been serving ’em up since 1951. The surly types behind the counter don’t go for sissy stuff like that. Claim your place at the end of the perpetually long line and entertain yourself by watching potatoes being cut and fried into perfect greasy strips while you wait. Once it’s your turn, order your dog with everything, then count your blessings for the wax paper-wrapped bliss that lies before you.

Written by
Lauren Rothman


2720 N River Rd
River Grove
Cross street:
between Grand and Cherry Aves
Train: N Central to River Grove.
Opening hours:
Sun-Thu 10:30am-1am; Fri, Sat 10:30am-2am
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