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Poochie's

3602 Dempster St., Skokie, IL - (847) 673-0100
Chicago red hots at their best! Star of the menu is an all-beef hot dog nestled in a steamed-soft Rosen’s bun and available with the full array of condiments: mustard, piccalilli, raw onions, sliced tomato, pickle spears, ground pepper, and celery salt, plus deliriously tasty sweet grilled onions. Poochie’s also offers crunchy-surfaced char dogs, cooked over coals until their skin is chewy-dark and flavored by the fire.
100% Approval Rating (14 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Hot Dog with the Works
Char Dog
French fries
Char Burger
Polish

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Informal though it may be, the food Poochie’s serves is exquisite. To us, a meal at Poochie’s is more delicious and more deeply satisfying than the finest, fanciest $100 dinner. Star of the menu is the humble all-beef hot dog nestled in a steamed-soft Rosen’s bun and ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

3602 Dempster St., Skokie, IL
(847) 673-0100

http://www.poochieshotdogs.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
In this close view of a well-dressed Poochie's hot dog, you can see just how fresh the bun is: a vital part of hot dog excellence in Chicago.
"In this close view of a well-dressed Poochie's hot dog, you can see just how fresh the bun is: a vital part of hot dog excellence in Chicago."
Michael Stern





A hot dog with the works, French fries, and a char-cooked Polish
"A hot dog with the works, French fries, and a char-cooked Polish"
Michael Stern


Poochie's logo is a happy dog. Many of Chicago's best red hot restaurants have a canine-themed name.
"Poochie's logo is a happy dog. Many of Chicago's best red hot restaurants have a canine-themed name."
Michael Stern


Poochie's is a plain-looking storefront with exquisite hot dogs inside.
"Poochie's is a plain-looking storefront with exquisite hot dogs inside."
Michael Stern


The hot dogs are so compelling that it is possible not to pay attention to Poochie's first-rate French fries. Many customers get them blanketed with melted cheese: a delicious idea, but one that compromises the fries' outstanding crunch.
"The hot dogs are so compelling that it is possible not to pay attention to Poochie's first-rate French fries. Many customers get them blanketed with melted cheese: a delicious idea, but one that compromises the fries' outstanding crunch."
Michael Stern


Behold the Char Burger, a work of art made from the finest material, including grilled sweet onions, bright green picalilli, mustard and ketchup, a toasted fresh bun, and a handsome slab of meat. Also, can you see the sprinkle of celery salt (on the pickle spears)? That, too, is an essential Chicago garnish.
"Behold the Char Burger, a work of art made from the finest material, including grilled sweet onions, bright green picalilli, mustard and ketchup, a toasted fresh bun, and a handsome slab of meat. Also, can you see the sprinkle of celery salt (on the pickle spears)? That, too, is an essential Chicago garnish."
Michael Stern


Relatively speaking, Poochie's is fairly deluxe in that it offers stools to sit on at the counter. There are even a few tables in back. We personally prefer standing and leaning forward on the counter as we eat. Note the dozens of articles on the wall -- all, of course, praising this most excellent Chicago eatery.
"Relatively speaking, Poochie's is fairly deluxe in that it offers stools to sit on at the counter. There are even a few tables in back. We personally prefer standing and leaning forward on the counter as we eat. Note the dozens of articles on the wall -- all, of course, praising this most excellent Chicago eatery."
Michael Stern


We so enjoy the salad-like condiments and garnishes customarily applied to a hot dog here, that we tend to forget just how wickedly good the grilled onions can be. They are soft, sweet, and rich beyond measure.
"We so enjoy the salad-like condiments and garnishes customarily applied to a hot dog here, that we tend to forget just how wickedly good the grilled onions can be. They are soft, sweet, and rich beyond measure."
Michael Stern



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