Published February 10, 2012
Late-Night Hot Dogs: A Field Guide
Tonight, your options for 4am hot dogs have never been better: Jimbo Top Gun Red
and Phil’s Last Stand
have both opened. To understand the subtle differences, we’ve
compiled this handy field guide. Use wisely.
A US Air Force pilot; you’ll see his picture on
A 440-pound wiseguy who calls himself Fat Phil—you’ll see him behind the
Phil’s. Unapologically selling Double Fatso
burgers and char-grilled
salami while looking us in the eye—we respect that.
You’ll Probably Come Here After...
Crawls through the
streets of Wrigleyville.
Perfecting your running man on the floor at Darkroom.
A tie. Though the running man does work up one’s appetite.
Jimbo: Red Hot
. (Char. Chili. Deep-fried footlongs.)
Phil’s: Vienna Beef
(Char. Double char. Double char with cheddar.)
Jimbo’s. A deep-fried footlong is the only hangover preventative recommended by the
The Double Decker
: a thin-crust
pizza baked on top of another thin-crust pizza.
An eating contest featuring a two-pound deep-fried shrimp po’boy.
Phil’s. You do your best competitive eating between 1 and 3am.
The Other Menu
Burgers. Lobster pasta. Deep-fried
A secret menu: with Fatso con Huevo
(hamburger with an egg) and
Fatso con Loco
(a hamburger with cheddar and sriracha).
Phil’s—everyone loves a good secret.
Jimbo Top Gun Red Hots
3617 N Broadway
(between Addison and Waveland)
Chicago, IL 60613
Phil’s Last Stand
2258 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622