3602 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60076
If you live in New York and are married to a woman in Chicago, Poochie's is where you go by necessity and the char dog is what you eat. Forget all the overhyped expressions for the Windy City classic ("dragged through the garden" comes to mind). Just order the char dog with the works, complement with fries and a shake, and stake out your table. You can check out the above picture for "the works," but lest you have pause, it is the bright green relish especially that bumps up against the salty bounceback of the perfectly charred dog that makes this dish sing. The place is always busy yet there's rarely a long wait and the griddle is so well-seasoned I assume it will go to the Museum of Science & Industry should it ever be retired. I don't think you have to worry about that for a long time to come.