Thanks to Aribo's post, I discovered a new place for hot dogs. It is at 18600 NW 87th Avenue. It is in the new shopping center at the northwest corner of Miami Gardens Drive and Galloway Road. The west leg of the intersection is basicly the ramp from I-75.
Here is what I saw when I drove up:
Note the Vienna Beef poster in the middle, "This Hot Dog rated No Ketchup Under the Age of 17".
Here is the counter, with Pete the owner, who grew up in Chicago:
When I walked up, the owner asked me whether I was there for take-out. When I replied, "no", he told me to sit anywhere, and that he'd wait on me.
Table service in a hot dog joint - great!
The theme of the decor, as you can see, is "sports bar". Even the floor is painted to mimic a football gridiron.
There was some memorabilia in a glass case:
I have never seen seating like this!
A couple of guys came in as I was leaving, with a little girl, and she immediately asked to sit in one of the "stand" seats.
Here is my Chicago Hot Dog and Fries:
It is a steamed Vienna Beef hot dog, with the usual Chicago condiments. I liked it; it had that good Vienna Beef hot dog flavor, and the veggies were crunchy and flavorful. I would have preferred that the mustard be applied to the hot dog first, but I am sure that they will do so, if asked. The bun was a Vienna Beef with poppy seeds. The fries are store-bought single-fried, with bits of skin left on. They were good, too.
After seeing me take photos, I confessed to Pete that I like comparing non-corporate informal restaurants. He asked me whether I liked jalapenos, and had the counter girl whip up a couple of "poppers".
Here are the poppers:
I bit off the end of one, so I could take a photo showing the cheesy interior, and the jalapeno.
The menu includes a variety of bar/junk-food, but half of the two pages is devoted to hot dogs. All are $3.00. There are 24 named, recommended, combinations of toppings, each of which is named after a major-league baseball city. The "Chicago" was easy, but with some of the others I don't get the association. For instance, Atlanta is mustard and sauerkraut, and NY is mustard, onions and sauerkraut. They will give you whatever you want, though.
There are all of the common barfood deep-fried goodies, a variety of wings, and, what I am interested in trying, Italian Beef, Italian Sausage and Beef & Sausage Combo sandwiches. Note the Vienna Italian Beef sign in the counter photo. There also are grilled or fried fish sandwiches.
I am going to return to try some of the other goodies. Based upon what I ate and saw so far, I would recommend the place.
FWIW, I found an amusing video of the owner's daughter making a Chicago-style Hot Dog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHhN7_QGKqw
I went back today, and another one of the three partners was there. Al, in front of the Fenway Park Green Monster:
A couple of guys got a "Hall of Fame" pitcher of beer:
There is a stainless, closed cylinder in the middle, filled with ice. I would have loved this back in my pub-crawling days!
Chili Dog with Onion Rings
The chili was an ordinary meaty chili with beans. The onion rings were golden and crunchy on the outside, with real rings of onion on the inside. The sauce on the side is honey-mustard.
I had time to speak with Al today, and got "busted". His son had shown him this Roadfood thread! We talked about the menu items, and I learned that the menu is outdated, and is soon to be redone. They got a flat-top grill, and more deep fryers and a hood. He says that they can and will fry your hot dog on the grill or in the deep fryer.
They also will grill the onions on your hot dog, if requested. I got to sample two little 1" spherical, deep-fried brownies, filled with molten pastry cream. Delicious! (and I don't normally do dessert much)