The northwest city and suburbs are no stranger to any number of good reliable hot dog stands.
One that I have taken a liking to is Bob-O's at 8258 W. Irving Park. The Bob-O's menu is not unlike that of many other places. However, there are some good qualities that set Bob-O's apart from its competition.
Hot Dogs: OK, by admission, I'm not a Chicago style Hot Dog dog guy. I like mine east coast style with a little mustard, chili and lots of fresh onion. Bob-O's standard dog is a Chicago dog with a grilled skin on beef frank and the typical Chicago toppings including celery salt. The dog is well cooked, crispy and hot.
Burgers: Unlike many primarily hot dog places, Bob-O serves up a really good thin grill crusted burger with mustard, lettuce, tomato, relish and onion. My affinity here is the double cheese, no tomato. It's beefy and gloppy without crossing the barrier of falling apart in your hands..
Fries: These, folks, are some of the finest thin cut skin on fries in Chicago (at leat that I have tried). They're so good that I usually eat them with just a sprinkle of salt and nothing else.
Italian Beef: I'll say this for Bob-O's. They load up their italian beef sandwich with more meat than possibly any place in Chicago. The bad news is that it's run of the mill processed Scala italian beef just like you or I can buy in the frozen food section at Jewel. The hot giardinera is not really hot. But, it is really tasty. I don't recommend Bob-O's beef highly thos others may beg to differ.
Chili: Appears to be homemade, tasty, heavy on the beans.
Milkshakes: Poured out of a softserve machine and then run through a milkshake blender, these shakes have both the flavor and texture of the milkshake of my youth. I get the feeling that an extra dash of syrup goes into the shake before it is blended.