The standing room only Red Hot Ranch has a menu that's just as spare as its interior. There's Depression Dogs, which are a stripped down version of the Chicago dog: there's mustard, onions, relish and sport peppers, plus a handful of fries, and paper bags of fried shrimp, which you can get with regular or spicy cocktail sauce. The fact that Red Hot Ranch is open till 4am on weeknights and 5am on weekends means it's your best bet for late-night food in the neighborhood.
|Venue name:||Red Hot Ranch Logan Square|
2072 N Western Ave
|Opening hours:||Sun–Thu 10:30am–4am, Fri–Sat 10:30am–5am|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Western. Bus: 49, 56, 73.|
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As much as I enjoy a Chicago-style hot dog loaded with peppers, a pickle spear and celery salt, Red Hot Ranch's minimal version also does the trick. What puts this dish over the top is the fact that fries are piled on top of the dog and rolled up with them. That means that your spuds are basting in hot pepper juice, relish and mustard—you won't even need ketchup for dipping.