I stopped in to Bad Dog Tavern for a bite before a concert I was attending accross the street. I had just arrived from the Detroit area and was hungy! I found the place a little dark on inside from the middle of the bar back but was greeted by a friendly hostess and seated by the open windows at front of the bar. Could see much better there. The menue looked yummy and the drinks sounded great. My waitress came to take my drink and food orders and was very pleasant as well and was happy to help me select a drink. The food didn't take too long to arrive. Looked great tasted great! I ordered the Pesto Chicken Sandwich which had cheese and roasted red peppers on it as well. There was some of the seed/membrane on one of the pepper strips and could've used a bit more of the pesto but overall the sandwich was tasty. Tender chicken, plenty of cheese, fresh bread. The sandwich was served with yummy lightly seasoned fries that also had bits of (what I'm guessing was) parmisan cheese and a crisp dill pickle spear. My drink was delicious as well (got some kind of tropical mix - sorry I can't remmeber the name of it). Bad Dog Tavern is in a neat part of town so it was also fun to watch the people that were walking around the neighborhood. A nice mix of folks. Good, friendly service. Fresh, yummy food. Good seating. Very reasonably priced for Chicago!
Shame on Chicagoans for not reviewing Jim's yet because it's the best! I'm a native Chicagoan who had the opportunity to visit my home town in 2007 as a "tourist" after many years of living in the Southeast. I went to the Taste (which was a madhouse of a crowd) and I visited some places I had never been before, one of which included Jim's Original for the Maxwell Street Polish. Yes, this is THEE place to go for the real Maxwell Street Polish experience. I got the original polish, which included the large sausage, pile of grilled sweet onions, mustard and hot peppers that will light up your life but ohh, it's damn good. I sat in the car out front of the spot eating the tasty meal with fries on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in July before flying out. If you are a native too, or a visitor, do not leave without going by this place. It's truly a legend. Read more about Jim's Original here: http://www.jimsoriginal.com/.
I grew up on this hot dogs, and the texture and flavor are like no where else. I've been going here for 52 years and it's still the same stock! They are fantastic! And the fries are also 'out of this world'! They are fresh, hand-cut fries, and they have a constant fresh stream, because they are always so busy.Also for less than $3, you get a lot for your money. Always plenty of fries. They aren't stingy with them. The neighborhood is rough-but you won't have to linger here long. But they do have adequate booths were you can sit. There's no air-conditioning, but the fans are more than efficient. I absolutely love this place, and hope they will be here 50 years to come. It is an extremely relaxed environment-but as I say, it's in a rough neighborhood, so definitely watch your back, and your purses, and or pockets! Sandra L. Stewart