A traditional Chicago-style hot dog features a poppy seed bun, mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, a pickle, sport peppers and celery salt. Credit: Jeremy Keith/Flickr

DOWNTOWN — There are few things better than snarfing down a hot dog or tacos when you’re hammered.

Or that’s what Chicagoans say, at least.

Conde Nast’s Traveler found the best drunk foods from around the world, with its writers favoring quick, simple eats like fries, fried rice and croquettes. But one of the most universally beloved drunk foods is the hot dog, as it turns out.

In Chicago, Traveler specifically recommends Superdawg’s hot dogs, 6363 N. Milwaukee Ave. The drive-in, which does have delivery options, is open 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

“While the hot dog has become an all-hours meal, it’s best served late, really late, as the perfect portable snack (more portable than pizza, that’s for sure) for your walk home,” according to the magazine.

Pizza is another favored drunk food, according to Traveler, and the magazine suggested readers eat deep dish at Pizano’s, which has several locations.

That got the Block Club Chicago staff wondering: What are the best drunk eats in the city? We asked our readers to weigh in.

First things first, all hail the tamale man:

But what else do Chicagoans love? Hot dogs (specifically Red Hot Ranch) got the most love when we asked readers to write in. Pizza and gyros also got a nod, but taco stands proved more popular.

Here’s what Chicagoans suggested:

Hot dogs




Tacos and Burritos


Diners And More 

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