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“Okay Hot Dog” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fat Johnnie's Famous Red Hots

Fat Johnnie's Famous Red Hots
Ranked #4,657 of 9,467 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: Fast food, American
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Good for: Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Takeout
Zion, Illinois
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268 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Okay Hot Dog”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

We recently read about Fat Johnnies as America's #1 Hot Dog so decided to check it out. It was in a very bad area of town which is probably why they close at 5pm. The outside looks less than desireable and the employees looked unclean. However, the hot dogs were good. I still would vote for Gene & Jude's as #1 and would probably not visit again due to location.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A shack on the side of the road”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

We went to Fat Jonnie's while in Chicago after going to Hot Doug's, Lafayette Dog's and American dogs, this place and Hot Dougs are by far the two bet dogs we have tasted in a USA, but before you order your food just take a moment and have a look at the shop it just puts a smile on your face looking at it and the man selling the dogs is a great bloke friendly very talkative even gave us other food to sample for free if you in Chicago you must go to this place

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A true Chicago hot dog!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

We have driven past this place for four years and we finally stopped. It's a shack - literally. They have one of the best hot dogs I have had in a very long time. It's a true Chicago hot dog - all the fixin's and even does the cucumber and celery salt on a poppy seed bun - excellent! They don't have fries, Jay's potato chips it is - another Chicago staple. If you are driving down Western and pass 67th pull over to Fat Johnnies and grab a dog! The prices are cheap and the food is great and open all year round! Oh yea, they only take cash.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Yee-haw-Deeelishious!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

This place without a doubt, serves the BEST hot dog in all of Chicago, hell in all of North America. The buns are soft n warm every time. The dog is juicy n delicious. The trimmings are the perfect compliment. Especially the super fresh, super delicious n crunchy cucumbers n tomatoes on top, with the mouth watering seasoning, sprinkled all over. Don't forget to ask for hot peppers. They're not really that hot. But they definitely put the X in sex, when it comes to Fat Johnnies Red Hots. The Chili dogs are ridiculously delicious. They're so good, they'll make you wanna smack someone. Seriously. I hope this place stays open FOREVER. Those Red Hots are absolutely, positively YEE-HAW-DEEELISHIOUS !!!!!!!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“This place has to make your bucket list! The best hot dog I've ever had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013 via mobile

There's nothing upscale or trendy about this place. In fact, when you drive up to it you might be tempted to keep driving. It is a shack - but it's a shack turning out simply delicious combinations of several great ingredients.

They use good quality David Berg hot dogs and polish sausage and steamed Rosen's buns.

Who loves a tamale on their Chicago style hot dog with all the fixings plus a little chili? Turns out this girl does and I'll be back for another this summer for sure. We had that, a Chicago style hot dog with the works and a Polish with chili and cheese. Loved them all!!! We ate at one of the picnic tables off the the side of the shack. Great for people watching. Service was efficient and pleasant. Incredible value - bring cash, but you don't need much!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ChrisfromChicago
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