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 hot dogs, burgers, and more at Wiener and Still Champion, located in Evanston.
Since 1975, Wiener and Still Champion has served piping-hot Chicago-style hot dogs, fresh-ground burgers, and a variety of one-of-a-kind eats. Fast-food traditionalists can get their hot-dog-and-fries fix with the two hot dog combo, including fresh-cut Idaho-potato french fries and a regular drink ($7.75). The 1/3-pound cheeseburger satisfies individual stomachs with its sesame-seed hand-formed knot roll ($5.75). And the nine patties and 11 cheese slices on the three-pound triple undisputed can feed up to 12 “Macho Man” Randy Savage impersonators ($22.50). Scarf one of Wiener and Still Champion's signature dipping dogs, a hot dog that's hand-dipped in fresh cornmeal batter ($2.50). The bacon-obsessed will clamor for a soul-reaffirming bite of the shop's country-fried bacon, served with both hot sauce and Argentine garlic and herb sauce ($6). The joint prides itself on its array of tasty sauces, with a "sauce of the week" series that has featured piquant concoctions such as mojo mayo, Cajun ketchup, and Mediterranean honey balsamic.
Wiener and Still Champion serves several one-of-a-kind entrees that may take time to prepare, so make yourself comfortable inside the store's stripped-down but comfy storefront. Grab a gaggle of buddies and chow down to celebrate the quarter's long-desired end, or take out a bag of Dipping Dogs and eat them alone in a darkened alley.
Weiner and Still Champion won a 2009–2010 Silver Platter Award from Food Industry News, and 80% of Urbanspooners recommend it. More than 70 Yelpers give the restaurant an average of four stars, and Citysearchers give it a full five-star average, naming it as having the Best Hot Dogs in 2008:
- 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.
802 Dempster St.
Evanston, Illinois 60202Get Directions