Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fat Johnnie's Chicago, IL

There is something fundamentally wrong with my father.  

 Now if you are familiar with this blog, and with my posts specifically, you know that I'm obsessed with food.  Like really obsessed.  CRAZY obsessed.  My father, on the other hand, takes it to a whole new level.  He would literally walk straight into a blazing fire if there was a delicious cheeseburger on the other side of it. 

He took me, my husband, and my UGG clad mother, to the rough side of Chicago, to order....A HOT DOG. 

The last 10 times he's come to visit he wouldn't stop talking about Johnnies.  We knew it was on the rough side of town but we were so sick of hearing about it we thought, maybe getting shot in the process wouldn't be so bad after all.  So we went.  We prayed, and we went. 

Here is Johnnie himself.  The man...the myth...the legend. 

Just to give you an idea of the ambiance. 

There's my husband on the left...dialing 911. 

This place really is a Chicago institution, and I'm glad I went.  Will I be back?  I'm still asking God to forgive me for my last visit. 
 But, if you're on the hunt for THE original Chicago hot dog...check it out.  Just order, eat, and drive away fast.  Stay hungry!  


  1. It's worth it for a good Chicago Dog!! I think I've seen this place on a PBS show all about hot dogs. LOL!!!

  2. Lol. Funny!! My brother does that to me all the time. Tells me he's taking me to a place where they have the best "so and so" in Chicago making me all giddy.......then we pull up in the ghetto and points to a shack and says "we're here"!! Um no thanks. Ha! Have you tried Hot Dougs?!?

  3. You know it's legit when grape is a soda option, next time I'm in town definitely going

  4. Best Chicago Dog- Gene and Judes

    Have you been to Capt'n Nemo's? They have GREAT sandwiches and soup/chili. I live in the suburbs and drive into the city just for these sandwiches. The key is their secret sauce!

    I just started reading your blog and love it!

  5. Hahaha this is awesome! Those look soooo good though!


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