I don’t know how many times I drove by that cart and thought to myself, “I have to try a dog one of these days.” But I didn’t, until yesterday. I was driving down Wisconsin Avenue, thinking about food, when I suddenly realized I was in Top Dog’s territory. I parked and walked to the food court’s rear door, directly across the street from Kewpee’s restaurant.
I lived in Chicago for ten years and while there I became a hot dog snob. I only like Chicago style hot dogs now, and I only like them done right. I’ve suffered through some pale (and sometimes weird) imitations in Racine and elsewhere. After all the raves I’ve heard about Top Dog, I figured that if anybody in town can get it right, it should be them.
At Top Dog’s counter, I ordered a Chicago style dog. And, much to my delight, that is exactly what I received. It was superb. In fact, it was perfect. Maybe it’s been too long since I’ve had a good Chicago style hot dog and I’m overreacting, but I’d say that the only thing missing from the hot dog I ate yesterday was the sound of the El overhead. I heartily recommend Top Dog’s Chicago style hot dog. I’m also going to go out on a limb and recommend all of their hot dogs. Anybody who can make a perfect Chicago style hot dog can make any other kind, too.
I noticed from their menu that Top Dog also offers Italian beef sandwiches. That is another taste I acquired in Chicago. When I can afford it, I’m trying one of those next. If they do Italian beef as well as they do Chicago style hot dogs, I may seek residence above the food court.
Top Dog Hot Dogs, 520 Main St. (Monument Sq.), Racine, 262-637-7043
Here’s their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Top-Dog-Hot-Dogs/164695702294
Below are scans of their menu: