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Superdawg Drive-In. The mascots Maurie and Flaurie, named for the owners, stand tall on the roof.
|Current owner(s)||Maurie and Flaurie Berman|
|Food type||Hot Dog stand with carhop service|
Location 1: 6363 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646Location 2: 333 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 60090
|Website||The official website of Superdawg|
Superdawg is a drive-in hot dog stand with carhop service located at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Devon Avenue, and Nagle Avenue in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Superdawg has the distinction of being one of the few original drive-in restaurants left in the United States. Its methods have been the same since it opened in the 1940s.
Superdawg was featured on The Food Network's television program Unwrapped as well as Emeril Live and has been visited by many critics and food aficionados. Superdawg is also listed in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Additionally, Superdawg remains a favorite with locals and attracts locals on a regular basis.
In 2003, a second Superdawg was opened in Chicago Midway International Airport's B concourse serving Southwest Airlines. It closed in 2010 when a third location opened on Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling, IL on January 28, 2010.
Superdawg was opened in May 1948 by Maurie and Flaurie Berman, who still own and operate it today with the help of their children. Although the restaurant has undergone some expansion and remodeling, the landmark figures of anthropomorphic hot dogs "Maurie and Flaurie" on the roof date from the beginning.
Maurie Berman died on May 17, 2015.
The restaurant retains a 1950s style of ordering food. Customers pull their car up to one of the carports and order through a retro-looking metallic speaker box. The orders are delivered to the car window by a carhop with a tray that hooks on to the car door. When finished eating, the customer flips a switch on the box and a carhop comes to take the tray back. Many of the carhops have been there for years and have a loyal base of customers. There is also a walkup window and a small seating area inside the restaurant.
All of the sandwiches come with crinkle cut french fries inside a box that helps retain its heat. Every Superdawg comes with a signature pickled green tomato (some think is a green tomatillo, but are wrong), one of Superdawg's distinctions from the classic Chicago-style hot dog, along with its spicier-than-usual wiener.
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The restaurant has succeeded in asking "dozens" of restaurants to cease using similar names, but in 2009 sued a New York City hot dog eatery named Superdog when it refused to comply. The Superdawg trademark was registered in 1984.
- Chicago-style hot dog
- Sonic Drive-In, A modernized carhop fast food establishment.
- Dog n Suds, a traditional drive-in chain in the Midwestern United States which offers a similar menu.
- List of drive-in restaurants
- The official website of Superdawg
- Superdawg at Metromix.com
- Google Earth Model
- Consumer Guide Goes To Superdawg
- YouTube video of Crime Story intro
- Daily Herald article on new location
- Yelp Reviews
- WTTW show 'Check, Please!' Superdawg Drive In Discussion on YouTube