Sunday, 10 October 2004, the Forest Park Blue Line took me all the way up to the Near North Side, but a little later, around 11 a.m. and aiming for the Argyle Chinatown area, neither the Red Line subway nor the Clark 22 and 36 CTA buses would accept my bicycle, in deference to the Chicago marathon.
Several stragglers were in evidence, plus many more spectators milling about the blocked-off streets near Division and Clark, up which I started peddling until pausing at Wrightwood(?), a block south of the notorious Weiner Circle.
There on the southwest corner,I noticed signs promoting special deals on what I recall as a former Mexican taco place that had touted its (fresh, even hand-made?)tortillas.
The new business sold a variety of sandwiches, including Italian beef, pizzas, and hot dogs. The hot dogs were being offered for 99 cents each, with either the more-or-less traditional works (tomato, onion, peppers, etc) or, and this is what really caught my attention, slaw.
Maybe you can call me naive: I'd heard of and actually eaten hot dogs with sauer-kraut, but never cole slaw, so I went in and bought one (with tax: $1.08).
Just a hot dog on a bun, topped with a layer of cole slaw almost the same height as the bun. Something new (to me, at least) and not bad at all - for only a buck. This struck me as a perfect example of what one might hope to discover, traveling about the city, on a bike or other means, stopping to sample different inexpensive eats.
I didn't mind that the slaw tended to overwhelm the 2 other components beneath it, and towards the end, with a biteful of only meat and bun left, I determined that the sausage was what one might consider a quality hot dog.
Looking at my receipt, it does appear that the 99 cents was a Grand Opening enticement, and that the price may soon rise to a normal $2.49, at which, it still might be worth a try, especially if, like me, you've never had a "slaw dog."
At any rate, info at the top of my receipt reads:
Beef Stand Pizzeria
Good to Get, Great to Go
2572 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
(773) 248-7777 (773) 248-7779