“Amazing Chicago hot dogs, sinfully elevated.”
Let’s talk about Devil Dawgs! A few months back the restaurant reached out to me on social media and after hearing some great reviews as a result of asking around I decided to give it a try. I knew at the very least that I was going to have the opportunity to try a handful of different variations on an otherwise traditional menu item. As lunchtime rolled around I hopped on the CTA and was on my way. A hop, skip and a jump away from the Harrison Red Line, you couldn’t miss it if you tried. The front of the building was covered in a large banner and the windows were filled with neon signs that in a way kind of drew you in. The inside had a theme that matched its’ name but nothing too overwhelming, more playful than anything. I arrived right around lunch time and it was quite packed but I managed to order food within a couple of minutes as well as find a seat between then and when I got my food. I’m one of those people who looks at the menu before going to a restaurant so by the time I got there I already knew what I wanted. I decided to order the Bacon Cheddar Dawg as well as the Taco Dawg. Each Dawg cost $4.95 and the total came out to $11.09. I decided to opt out on getting anything else because I didn’t want to be too full before heading back to work but that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to.
The Bacon Cheddar Dawg consisted of shredded and melted cheddar and bacon layered on top of an all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun. Out of the two that I ordered, it was definitely my favorite but my arteries might say otherwise. The Taco Dawg consisted of devil sauce, picco de gallo, coney sauce, shredded cheddar and tortilla strips also layered on top of an all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun. I’m not going to lie, I felt a little dirty eating the second one. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it but I would not order it again. It reminded me of something my college self would find amazing on a Friday night after 2 AM, if you catch my drift.
What’s so great about Devil Dawgs though is the amount of options that they have. Besides a wide variety of hot dogs that could satisfy any craving they also have sausages, brats, burgers, chicken sandwiches and vegetarian options as well as signature hand cut fries. In addition, if you are looking to cure a sweet tooth they also have homemade chocolate chip cookies and brownies as well as milkshakes alone that are worth the trip. When I go back (notice I didn’t say if) I plan to order The Clucker Fried Chicken Sandwich which consists of fresh chicken batter and fried, topped with pickles, coleslaw and tossed with hush hush sauce that comes in the options of sweet, spicy or red with a bucket of cheese fries and a Milk Chocolate Ghirardelli Milkshake. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will.
When it comes to Devil Dawgs, I give it a 3.5 out of 5 sporks. This is definitely one of those spots you hit up after a long night of drinking and fortunately for you they are open late. In addition to their State Street location, they also have one on Sheffield as well as another location in Wicker Park that opened last summer. What are you waiting for? Go check it out!