After reading ChicagoMike's ratings of two Clark Street Hot Dog joints last week, Weiner's Circle and Gold Coast, I decided to give Gold Coast a try.
Let me start by saying that I've never been infatuated by Weiner's Circle the way that some in the neighborhood have been. Having lived in New York for years, I had enough experience in getting average food with surly service that the novelty of cursing grill help doesn't appeal to me at all. Further, I find the racial slurs used by the average midnight patron there in response to the cursing grill help to be far more embarrassing than entertaining,.
So, Saturday, while trudging up to the bank for a little Christmas shopping cash, I dropped into the relatively new Gold Coast on Clark near Fulleron for a couple of char dogs.
They were average Chicago Dogs (probably Vienna Beef) split on the ends and thrown on the "grill" after being pulled from a steam water bath below for a couple of seconds to heat them up. There was no evidence of "char" on the frank that gives them the grilled in the back yard taste that one expects from a Char Dog.
The "chicago toppings" were nothing short of extremely second rate. The tomatoes were bland and pinkish. I have to admit that I do really like their bright green relish.
I've really enjoyed the Gold Coast experience at Midway while waiting on a flight. I'm not sure where the disconnect is between what is served at that Gold Coast and this one in Lincoln Park.
The tab for two dogs and a soda was around seven and a half bucks. Now, I'm the kind of guy who will pay seven and a half bucks for two dogs if they are really good. However, these dogs bordered on being below average.
Give me my seven fifty back and I'm sure that I can make much better use of it at Hot Dougs or somewhere else relatively close.
PS- I, for one, enjoy Mike's Lincoln Park reviews. Those of us who live in the neighborhood have to eat there sometimes.
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