Driving home today I saw a lighted Open sign and customers inside the Original Maxwell Street at 6350 N. Broadway (Broadway and Devon)
So I dropped off the family at home and raced over for a first taste.
The executive summary is that this place will nicely satisfy my Polish sausage and Chicago dog impulsive cravings. But it's not without some minor flaws.
First, the positive. I ordered my staples, Polish sausage with onions and mustard and a Chicago-style dog with no relish and extra mustard and celery salt). Both the Polish and Hotdog had nice snap when I bit into them. They were hot and had great flavor. Both came with fries. The fries were those soggy kind with the skins on. They had a good potato flavor and they weren't overly greasy, salty or burnt. They included salt, pepper and a token ketchup packet in the bag.
A loyola student sitting near me ordered the pork-chop sandwich and commented that it was good. I'll try that next time.
The people behind the counter were courteous and quick. It's open 24 hours!
Now the negative. The buns didn't have poppy seeds. They didn't put hot peppers on my Chicago dog (I guess I'll have to specify that next time). I couldn't taste the celery salt, if they remembered to put it on. And there's nowhere to sit. The sitting part isn't really a big deal since I like to sit in the car and listen to the radio anyway.
I hope this place does well. It's great to have a good hotdog stand in a neighborhood that has only one or two average ones.