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Fat Lou's website says "Shut Up and Drink Your Beer" -- which isn't an unreasonable demand, because once you're inside this Chicago-style eatery, your mouth will be busy. Fat Lou's is a Chicago haven for sports fans; the walls are lined in Chicago Bulls, Bears, and Cubs paraphernalia, and the TVs are on. The menu boasts authentic hot-diggity-dogs just like the ones found in the streets of Chicago, made with Vienna beef and all the condiments served on a steamed poppy-seed bun. It doesn't stop there; Lou's "Dog House" menu offers a creative, mouthwatering take on the traditional wiener. For instance, the pizza dog is drenched in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, and the "Fat Lou" dog is done jumbo-style with melted American cheese, grilled onions, and BBQ sauce. The menu also features endless options of wings, burgers, hoagies, specialty sandwiches, ribs, chicken, and salads.
One caveat comes with this hot dog haven: The service is usually slow. Perhaps that's part of the shtick, though: Much of Fat Lou's appeal is in its big-city ambience and the high-minded way it has elevated itself above the mundane, no-frills hot dog stands that dot our suburbs. By contrast, Fat Lou's is a bona fide hot dog restaurant, with booths, tables, beer on tap, TVs all over the place tuned to the Cubs, White Sox, Bears, or Bulls, and plenty of room to stretch out. Though Fat Lou's... More »
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