Hot dogs are a staple of summer, like fireworks or crippling boredom. Perk up with this Groupon.
- $14 for four Groupons, each good for $7 worth of hot dogs, burgers, and stuffed baked potatoes (a $28 total value)
- See the menu.
Howie's Top Dog
The grill masters at Howie's Top Dog don't emulate Chicago-style hot dogs simply by piling on the city's trademark fixings. Once each frank is in its poppyseed bun, cooks add seven toppings in regimented order, starting with mild mustard and ending with a sprinkle of celery salt.
Even when they aren't crafting Chicago dogs, the cooks approach their other specialty franks with the same unwavering focus. They wrap dogs in deep-fried bacon or top them with mozzarella and marinara sauce, a less messy alternative to stuffing a pizza into a hot dog bun.
Howie's other specialties are also rooted in Chicago cuisine, such as Italian beef sandwiches topped with sweet or hot giardiniera. Charbroiled burgers, build-your-own salads, and "spuds", which are baked potatoes stuffed with veggies and melty cheese round out the eatery's hearty options.