Last month I finally had a chance to check out Roy’s Chicago Doggery. It’s housed in Mike’s old space at the auction yard, as shown here,
Although it hasn’t been in business that long, Roy’s has a well-worn comfortable feel with friendly staff and a loyal group of regulars. Two guys were playing cards at one table, and the school kids hanging out at the counter seemed to know everyone in the place.
I got excited when I saw the Maxwell Street Polish on the menu and asked whether it was the deep-fried version. The answer was “No, but if you want it fried, I can do it for you.” This was a banner day. I’ve made this request at three other Chicago dog purveyors in the area and none would make it the traditional way. The Vienna Beef Polish went into the deep-fryer, turning darker in color and tightening up, but it didn’t rip. Dressed with well-carmelized onions, sport peppers and spicy brown mustard on a poppy seed bun. $4.00, this was so satisfying in that salty, oily fast food kind of way. I didn’t need to eat anything else this day. Here’s what the beauty looked like.
After discovering this baby and my deep-fried bacon dog at Taps Restaurant on the west side of town, I think we can crown Petaluma not only the Butter and Egg Capital , but also the reigning Deep-fried Hot Dog King of the Bay Area.
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Roy's Chicago Doggery
84 Corona, Petaluma, CA 94954