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As I approached Byron’s hot dogs on Lawrence the first thing I saw was on old style sign high up above the power lines, then as I walked through the car park there was a whole wall painted yellow with the Byron’s sign, a Chicago Dog and a Vienna Beef sign. I love this kind of stuff, it adds 10% onto any hot dog I will be eating here, at least. I think that the Chicago Dog is iconic, but I have never really fallen in love with it as a meal. When I see a picture it feels like a book that I have bought for the photographs but never read.


Inside Byron’s it has an old school feel, the usual stick on menu items, supplemented by a board of specials that makes a point out of the fact that they served hot dogs at the White House to President Obama. Hey that must tell you something about the place. That was enough to make me stick to choosing a basic hot dog instead of something else. Once out of the ordering area it is like an old school dining seating area, red table booths, black leather seats. Really, really quite cool.

I went for a “Hot Dog with everything but the pickle”, expecting a normal Chicago Hot Dog, but oh no this has so much more. As I watched the guy add more and more stuff from the salad tray I was thinking “is he trying to make my hot dog healthier?”. The bottom layer was mustard, green relish, chopped raw onion, then a layer of lettuce, cucumber, tomato, green pepper and then a sprinkling of celery salt. I will have to be honest as I picked up the hot dog nearly all the toppings fell off, I looked at it all in the tray and thought oh well I am eating what I have left here, the bun fell apart and I just ate the dog with mustard, relish onion and a little bit of the salad and that was enough, was it good, it was a fair dog, hey the president eats these, but then again maybe the salad fell of his too. Maybe thats the idea. It’s like OMG this could be healthy, then it falls off and its like panic over, we are just eating a hot dog guys, phew.

So I saved the best part for last and only because it meant so much more to me than just the hot dog experience. The whole meal was served on a sheet of golfing tips, and as an avid golfer playing of single figures, I can say that these tips were not bad, soem of them were spot on. Excellent stuff, OK so I missed out on the opportunity to colour in some dinsosaurs but that was fine with me.

So Byron’s has two locations, this one at 1701 W Lawrence Ave, and a second at 1017 W Irving Park Rd both listed on their website: By train it is nearest to the Ravenswood Metra station, it is a bit of a trek from the El Station, but you can walk here along Lawrence from the Lawrence Red Line station  up and across from the Damen Brown Line stop

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Just for once I managed to get a half decent photograph on my phone as I was about to munch onto some food. Even better the pizza place had plates with their name and logos nicely displayed, they must have seen me coming. I don’t usually bother writing about eating in any of the bigger chains, but I did quite like this pizza slice. I got a pepperoni slice which was quite large, not NYC large, but big enough to only need one slice per sitting I expect. It had plenty of meat on it and the cheese and tomato topping was quite flavourful. I am not sure if you can quite see it from the photo, but the cheese had a good amount of tasty herbs melted into it, probably oregano. The topping did fall off as you bit into and pulled the bite away from the slice on each bite and I managed to get some juicy grease onto the chin each time.  That needed more than just the one napkin to wipe it off.  The base is good, but the one critiscm was that my outer crust was just a thick piece of dough, it was big enough that it could have housed a nice hot dog into its deep fold. 

As I was leaving I was warned by my friend that sometimes you get heartburn from the rich red tomato sauce, sure enough 5 minutes later I got psychosomatic heartburn. Damn brain stop listening to idle gossip, and why does my chin feel all greasy and covered in tomato sauce? I must have used half a box of napkins to clean it.

I understand, from my friend Mr Wikipedia,  that Rosati’s is the second largest local chain of restaurants in the Chicago Metropolitan Area and that there are about 150 locations nationwide. I wonder if I could just place one next to each El station, if I really tried and then lazily close down my food hunting project. Ok that would never happen, but I could close out with sticking the locations of Starbucks and McDonald in there too but who wants to read about that. Maybe no-one want to read about generic pizza either, but I did eat it so I am still writing, and anyway the delete key is telling me that it is too tired to be bothered dealing with my request,  and the rest of the keyboard says that it wants to write about something more exciting next time out, damn computers, you take them on a road trip down route 66 to St Louis and they get all fussy.

Rosati’s on Broadway is at 4863 N. Broadway Avenue equidistant between the Argyle and the Lawrence CTA stations on the Red El Line route.

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