The Best Hot Dog in Oak Lawn: You Decide

Help us decide who makes the best hot dog in the Oak Lawn area.

It’s time for another Chowdown Showdown, our new weekly feature that will not only give you great ideas on where to eat, but will allow you to tell everyone why your favorite restaurant is the best. 

The Chowdown Showdown pits Palos, Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn restaurants against each other to decide who makes a particular dish best. Before the competition starts, we need your ideas on who our Oak Lawn representative should be. 

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This week's showdown features that all-American favorite—the hotdog! I want you to tell me who makes the best weiner in town--Fatso's, Pluto's, somewhere else?  The winner then will go on to face the best of Palos and Evergreen.

How to Vote

There are three ways to vote for your favorite.

  1. Leave a comment on this article and tell us your pick and why you think they are the best. 
  2. Find your pick in our Oak Lawn Places Directory and leave a review and tell the world just how good their hot dogs are. 
  3. Go to the Oak Lawn Facebook Page and tell us your pick. 

Get your votes in by Monday at 10 a.m. We will announce the winner and share the results of our taste test on Wednesday.

That's Not All . . .

The Oak Lawn Places Directory allows you to leave reviews of your all your favorite place in town. From auto shops to eye doctors, hot dog stands to churches, find them in the directory and tell everyone why they are great.  

Start Reviewing and Rating

About this column: Every week we poll our readers and taste test their choices to pick the best dishes in Oak Lawn, Palos and Evergreen Park.

Lorraine Swanson February 19, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Have you ever tried steaming hot dogs and buns in a vegetable steamer? Add the condiments (chopped onions, tomato, celery salt) and mustard, it tastes just like the ball park.
Kim Kowalski February 20, 2012 at 01:12 PM
My vote is for Smilin Clyde's! They are the best by far that I have ever eaten. Hope to see him at the fests and ball fields this year!
OL Resident February 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Yes I have and it comes close. Better than most. Portillos for Hot dogs, hands down. they dont boil their dogs to death before they serve it. It also comes on a poppy seed bun from Rosens Bakery..nothing comes close. Dick Portillo is an local product and an Argo HS grad. It is as much a family owned business as any mentioned above. It is successful thanks to decades of making darn good dogs.
anita garrison February 21, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Portillo's, hands down! Just the right "bite" to the dog, and plenty of good condiments.
Steve Neuhaus June 06, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I haven't tried Clyde's yet but I look forward to it this coming week at the Oak Lawn farmers market. I grew up near 83rd and Western so my fave has always been Fat Johnnies Red Hots on 72nd and Western. Johnnie has been there for 40 years now.


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