Right by the reconstructed remains of the Dunkin’ Donuts on Rangeline Rd. stands a small, Chicago-style hot dog restaurant. Specializing in every kind of hot dog imaginable, Zacky’s is a family-friendly joint, serving delicious ‘dogs’ with a side of down-home hospitality.
Entering Zacky’s, the floor was covered by quaint, checkered tables decorated with plastic paper-towel dispensers. Instantly, I was greeted with smiles and a lengthy menu listing every hot dog under the sun and, also, some surprising items. A pork tenderloin sandwich and crispy fried chicken were only a few of the options.
However, I had not ventured to Zacky’s Hot Dogs to try the tempting fried chicken. With this in mind, I decided to order the chili cheese dog and a side of freshly prepared fries. After placing my order, I was ready to take a seat closest to the flat screen TV playing the Bulls game.
Only about 10 minutes had passed before a young girl called my name, signifying that the chili cheese dog was ready. Picking up the order, the only thought that came forth was “cheese.”
The bun and the Vienna brand hot dog were hidden by the mound of dark, thick chili. However, the piping hot chili was veiled by a layer of melted cheddar cheese and sweet, diced onions.
Once I returned to my seat, I contemplated the different ways in which to take a bite in order to avoid disaster and public humiliation. After one monstrous bite, the cause was lost. With chili seeping from the bottom of the bun, the ends of the hotdog and the corners of my mouth, manners had been flushed down the tubes.
Despite this, the Vienna beef hot dog itself was delicious with a crisp casing and a succulent center. The chili was thickened by ground beef and sweetened tomatoes while the melted cheddar cheese on top was sharp and salty.
As my palate tasted each component, the onions stood out as a sweet and crunchy factor to the entirety of the hot dog. As delectable as the hot dog was, simple things tend to impress me. Frustrated by fast-food restaurants that serve cold, limp fries, the freshness of Zacky’s French fries made the whole meal that much better.
After eating at Zacky’s I was satisfied. By the time I was ready to walk out of the door, the thought of trying the many other hotdogs surfaced in my mind. The only negative factor was the higher price of the hot dogs. However, the atmosphere and food itself was enough to have me returning. Zacky’s Hot Dogs specializes in hospitality and good food. I hope to return in the near future.