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For more than 50 years, the staff at Arnie's Dog House has steamed classic Vienna beef hot dogs, Polishes, Italian beef, and other sandwiches and their focus on what's on top of the bun is just as important as what's inside of it. Toppings crown any meal choice, and include ladles full of chili cheese or the Chicago-style treatment for a hot dog, with sport peppers, dill pickle spears, and tomatoes on top. Arnie's toppings are so popular, they even come as a standard part of many menu items: cheese fries get more interesting with a sprinkling of bacon, and tamales come with gooey chili. Side items including fried pickles, cheese sticks, and funnel-cake fries help round out the menu. The team cooks up these favorites in addition to other items such as loose hamburgers, corn dogs, Italian sausages, and pizza puffs for meals to be eaten in house or delivered to your door still sizzling, cooking meals quicker than even the competitors of the Lunch Lady World Championship Games.

1503 Indianapolis Blvd
Whiting,
IN
US

Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.

Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.

1299 Torrence Ave
Calumet City,
IL
US

• 678 River Oaks Drive, Calumet City • 2236 East 71st Street, Chicago • 616 East 79th Street, Chicago • 4653 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago • 5815 West Madison Street, Chicago • 4455 West Lincoln Highway, Matteson

678 River Oaks Dr
Calumet City,
IL
US

There are 25 different po' boys served at Tilly's Po'Boys, some with seafood such as the one topped with shrimp, seafood salad, and Cajun remoulade, others with chicken such as the one that combines buttermilk fried chicken with smoked bacon, cheddar, roasted tomato, and cool Ranch dressing. No matter what they're filled with, all po' boys—and all sandwiches on the menu for that matter—come with your choice of a side such as loaded baked potato salad, cup of gumbo-lia, or a duo of fries. Other sweet treats on the menu include cheesecake and peppermint patty milkshakes.

1455 Ring Road
Calumet City,
IL
US

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