Chicago hot-dog lovers tend to lie in one of two camps—the newfangled spot Hot Doug's or this Windy City classic. Superdawg is an old-school, 1950s-style diner that was ahead of the curve when it opened in 1948. You can still order up your dog via outside speakers (real Order-Matics), and a waitress will come attach a tray to the side of your car. There's nothing fancy here: the Superdawg is a juicy, pure-beef dog with the city's signature battery of garnishes on a standard poppy-seed bun.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.