Welcome to Groupon, Northwestern! For the next two weeks, Groupon has partnered with the Daily Northwestern to provide exclusive deals to Northwestern students and faculty. For our inaugural deal, $4 gets you $10 worth of classic American eats at Wiener and Still Champion located at 802 Dempster St. in Evanston. Since this is everyone's first Groupon, allow us to briefly explain how it works.
How Groupon Works
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Chicago: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power."
If you want to get the deal, just click BUY before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people (50 for today's deal) sign up by the end of the day, you'll be emailed a gift certificate the next morning. You can print your Groupons, or redeem them with our iPhone app. Use them whenever you want until the deal expires—today's expires in six months. If not enough people join, no one gets the deal (and you won't be charged), so invite your friends to make sure you get the discount!
Using a pillowy bun as a barrier, hot dogs are safely protected from environmental hazards such as open manholes and greasy-handed schoolchildren. Enjoy all manner of packed meat with today's Groupon: for $4, you get $10 worth of classic American eats at Wiener and Still Champion on Dempster, just a strong-armed stone's throw from the El tracks.
Wiener and Still Champion keeps it simple with hot dogs ($3.50 each) served Chicago-style, or fances it up with a Big Dipper dog ($6.50), served on a stick. Most things on the Wiener and Still Champion menu come deep fried, from golden deep-fried pickle chips ($3.50) and country-fried bacon ($6) to country-fried gyros ($6.50), served with fries and Mediterranean cucumber dipping sauce. As the country-fried items are made fresh and hot to order, they take a bit longer to prepare than standard hot-dog-stand fare, though the wait is rewarded with things that are fresh, hot, and fried. A variety of specialty dippin' sauces ($0.50 each) spice up the eating experience an extra salivatory notch; try the chipotle ketchup, spicy aioli, or honey mustard on the fries and savor the flavorful delight.
Wiener and Still Champion has been an Evanston institution since 1975, though in 2005, a new owner took charge and introduced a delicious variety of deep-fried ideas. The restaurant itself is a simply decorated, diner-styled affair, plied with booths and smooth tabletops for easy wiping. The homey environment is ideal for bracing elbows against a table and diving into the selection of deliciously greasy comestibles. Burgers are huge and come on sturdy buns, fries are fresh and plentiful, and one dippin' dog is reasonably large enough to feed a ravenous manticore. Grab a gaggle of buddies and chow down to celebrate the semester's long-desired end, or take out a huge bag of country-fried chili bombs and eat them alone in a darkened bowling alley.
Weiner and Still Champion won a 2009–2010 Silver Platter Award from Food Industry News, and Centerstage Chicago drools over the hot dogs. Eighty percent of more than 240 Urbanspooners recommend it, more than 50 Yelpers give it an average of four stars, and Citysearchers give a full five:
- At this Dempster Street landmark, the made-to-order wiener lives up to its moniker, and will knock visitors out with its full-bodied, zesty flavor. – Alicia Eler, Centerstage
- In addition to perfectly crafted fries (double fried so they're soft on the inside crunchy on the outside) and a freshly dipped corn dog, the menu features items you can't get anywhere else. – Onur U., Yelp
- The dipping sauces are all top notch, and the dipping dogs are the best I've ever tasted, and hand dipped in front of you, not taken out of the freezer. The burgers are cooked to perfection, the fries, well the fries are destination dining on their own! The country fried bacon is a great sharing treat, and the country fried gyros are one of my new favorite special meals. – Rob F., Yelp
Wiener and Still Champion
There were some things Gus left intact when he took the helm as owner of Wiener and Still Champion in 2005. He kept the name—voted into existence in 1982 by area grade-school children—and he has refused to change the standards for the all-beef hot dogs and fresh ground burgers that the establishment has been serving for more than 30 years.
Despite his dedication to preserving the past, Gus has integrated his own creative culinary vision into the menu. The additions separates this hot dog stand from most others of its ilk, as echoed by the Chicago Reader, who said, “In a city blessed with so many Vienna Beef hot dog stands, Wiener and Still Champion stands out.” Take, for instance, the dipping dogs—all-beef hot dogs hand-dipped in a freshly-made cornmeal batter, or the country fried bacon, a golden brown take on the beloved meaty strips with a crispiness perfectly tempered by an Argentine garlic and herb sauce. Deep-fried pickle chips, a vegetarian falafel burger, and double-fried French fries are more examples of the spin Gus has put on traditional hot dog stand fare.
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Great value for money.very good fries.cool guys”
“Great fries great meat”
“good neighborhood spot. food, pricing and service was good also very fiendly”