Always pay attention to the observations of Gwiv, the Ultimo. Six weeks ago when I reported on Hot Dog Island and on Poochie's, Gwiv gently suggested checking out Herm's Palace. (The link is below.) I had not been to Herm's in over a decade, preferring Poochie's, but realized that it was time for an update.
Today I ate at Herm's Hot Dog Palace and am pleased to report that it does indeed produce a fine hot dog. I ordered just a dog with my usual condiments (mustard, relish, tomatoes, pickle, celery salt) with fries and a small drink.
The tasty dog comes in a warm, soft poppy seed bun which I liked a lot. The very good fries are of the skinny, crisp type. Total bill was $4.60.
To make a proper comparison I immediately headed west to Poochie's where I ordered the identical meal (oh, the sacrifices one must make for science).
Poochie's bun was also a very good poppy seed (from Rosen's -- I saw the package) but wasn't quite as warm or as soft. Poochie's hot dog seemed just a tad more garlicky and had a bit more pop to it. All these differences were very small.
The biggest difference was in the fries. Poochie's are slightly thicker, rough-cut with a bit of skin on them. They were "right out of the grease." The potatoes don't go into the oil until you place your order. It adds a couple of minutes, but when you get them they are really warm.
Total cost at Poochie's was $4.61; their register must round differently than Herm's!
Overall, I slightly prefer Poochie's because of the dog. However, you won't go wrong at either, not to mention at Hot Dog Island. The choice boils down to personal preference or convenience.
Finally, congratulations to all the lucky people who live / work near Dempster. You have many fine choices.
Herm's Hot Dog Palace
3406 Dempster St
Hot Dog Island