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Poochie's

3602 Dempster St., Skokie, IL - (847) 673-0100
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/15/2015 11:52:00 AM
Informal though it may be, the food Poochie’s serves is exquisite. To us, a meal here is more delicious and more deeply satisfying than almost any deluxe $100+ dinner. Star of the menu is the humble all-beef hot dog nestled in a steamed-soft Rosen’s bun and available with the full array of Chicagoland frankfurter condiments: mustard, piccalilli, raw onions, sliced tomato, pickle spears, ground pepper, and celery salt, plus deliriously tasty sweet grilled onions. You can also get your dog topped with barely-melted cheddar cheese – a fabulous addition not only to hot dogs, but to Poochie’s hamburgers and its hand-cut, fresh-from-the-fry-basket French fries.

Beyond taut, plump red hots that are steamed, Poochie’s offers crunchy-surfaced char dogs, cooked over coals until their skin is chewy-dark and flavored by the fire. Polish sausages are plumper, porkier sausages that are slit in a spiral pattern to attain maximum crunchy surface area as they cook. And if one in a bun of any of these tube steaks is insufficient for your appetite, you can get either a jumbo dog or a double. Our personal favorite meal is a jumbo char dog with cheddar fries (superb fries!) on the side.

Poochie’s is proud of its char-cooked hamburgers, and we like them very much, especially piled high with those sweet grilled onions. But if you are passing through Chicago and stop at Poochie’s with time for only one street-food indulgence, make it a red hot with the works and a side of fries. This meal is why you cannot argue with a Chicagoan who boasts that Windy City hot dogs reign supreme.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Char Dog
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A magnificent dog, perfectly bunned, and dressed with only-in-Chicago savoir faire.
"A magnificent dog, perfectly bunned, and dressed with only-in-Chicago savoir faire."
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


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


Crisp, fluffy-centered, and always hot from the fresh oil, French fries are an essential companion for anything eaten at Poochie's.
"Crisp, fluffy-centered, and always hot from the fresh oil, French fries are an essential companion for anything eaten at Poochie's."
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. At the far left in the bottom row is a clip from the 1992 edition of Roadfood.
"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. At the far left in the bottom row is a clip from the 1992 edition of Roadfood."
Michael Stern


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


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



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