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New(er) Chicago Dog joint in Columbus...

red_menace | Oct 3, 2007 01:30 PM

...well, New Albany actually. I recently went to this little place across the street from Gibby's called Levy's Coney’s and Custard that has a wide variety of dog styles. I tried the namesake Coney which was great, but was especially happy to see they had Chicago Dogs on the menu as well, so I also grabbed one of those. A good Chicago Dog is one of those things that's usually only worth getting when you're in Chicago because most places don't put the necessary efforts into making them at all authentic, so I have to say I wasn’t all that optimistic. All it took was one look at the finished product to determine Levy's was an exception. Not only did they use all the right ingredients...beef dog (pretty sure about this) with a snap in a poppy seed bun, yellow mustard, neon green relish, onions, pair of tomato wedges, pair of sport peppers, crisp pickle spear and celery salt, but everything was assembled in the correct way. There is clearly some attention to detail going on here. After talking to the girl behind the counter who put this $3.25 mound of bliss together, I found out that they go so far as to order the poppy seed buns from a second bakery since their primary baker won't make them. A reasonable facsimile of a Chicago dog could doubtless be made using the excellent buns Levy's nestles their Coney Dogs in, but that would violate the spirit of the Chicago Dog, wouldn't it? I believe this convenience/cost be damned approach to sourcing the proper quality and type of ingredients is one of the hallmarks of a good restaurant, be it high-end or low-brow.

While I cannot attest to the quality of their custard (though a dining companion did enthusiastically recommended the twistcone), I can happily report that the chocolate dipped frozen banana was outstanding. I plan to return on an upcoming Wednesday when they claim to have Chicago style Italian Beef as a weekly special.

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