Monday Morning Montage: 1000 Places to See Before You Die – Superdawg

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Pizza. Italian Beef. Hot dogs.

When I think of Chicago and what food best represents our metropolitan neighbor 90 miles south, those are the things that leap to mind first. Now, anyone who has read or even glanced at Patricia Schultz’s book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die knows that her destinations of choice are often unconventional. When we read about Superdawg, we were a bit skeptical. I mean, 1000 places, around the entire wide world to see, before we depart this mortal coil…and a hot dog joint in Chicago makes the cut? We can also argue night and day about the places that made or didn’t make her list. That’s not really the point though is it. The point I think is to be open-minded, to never be afraid to step outside of one’s comfort zone, and maybe most importantly, don’t ever take yourself too seriously. You just might miss something amazing.

Back to Superdawg.

This is the second in a series about the 1000 Places we’ve been fortunate enough to experience. Superdawg will always be special to us. It’s where we broke our cherry, 1000 Place #1 on the list for us. This is where it all began. I know what you’re thinking. We really got off to a bang! Funny thing is, you’re 100% right. You see, Superdawg happened for us like many of our most memorable travel experiences: on a whim.

It was 2007 and we had recently picked up the book for some light reading (it’s 894 pages!). We were cruising back from lower Michigan to Wisconsin after visiting Tara’s sister and dreading the drive through Chicago. Sure enough, downtown Chi-town was bumper to bumper, even mid-afternoon on a Sunday. Needing to refuel my tank, being 4+ hours into a 6+ hour drive, we consulted the book for a nerve-settling distraction. The rest is history.

I’ve had my share of dogs. I’m not here to tell you that Superdawg is the best Chicago-style hot dog in Chicago. I’m the first to admit that I am nowhere near qualified enough to even properly weigh in on the subject. Like so many places, Superdawg is about the experience. There is just something about a red hot this good being served in classic drive-in fashion. It’s just a really fun place; from ordering through the outdoor  speaker to the box your near flawless dog arrives in, Superdawg creates the perfect ambiance to wile away an afternoon dreaming it’s 1950 again.

The next time you’re rolling through Chicago, and your tummy starts to rumble, give Superdawg a shot. You’ll get a great dog, and who knows, you just may have fun doing it!

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