Chicago >Food & Dining > The Wieners Circle
2622 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061441.930152 -87.643700
Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, North Side
You'll be scarred for life by the insults the staff slings at you (seriously, my friend remembers his first time at Weiner Circle when he was a child for less than glamorous reasons), but you'll be charmed for life when you taste one of their glorious hotdogs.
A classic late night spot in Lincoln Park -it's a party atmosphere after midnight.
THIS IS THEE "FAMOUS" WEINER'S CIRCLE??? WHAT A DUMP!!! – There must be some mistake. How can a place like this be rated 5 stars?!?! IT'S A DUMP!!! I expected this nice CLEAN fast food place with ample seating for everyone, but NO!!! I expected THEE BEST hot dogs in Chicago with fries that were nice long "finger sized" and not overgreasy, but NO!! I expected a friendly staff, BUT NOOOOO!! The place barely fits 20 people with BROKEN STOOLS AND COUNTERTOPS and the area behind the counter looks BROKEN DOWN and barely fits 5. As for the food itself, it was LOUSY!!! First, the menu board is falling apart with missing letters and off the nails it hangs on. There are flys EVERYWHERE and the garbage "baskets" look like they haven't been washed out or changed since the place opened. The food itself was NOT FILLING AT ALL!!! It's a NORMAL hot dog either boiled or charred with the ususal Chicago style toppings, NOTHING SPECIAL!!! You'll need at least 2 double dogs to fill you up (of course that means more $). The fries are SUPER OILY and looked more like CRUMBS than actual full length fries, hense why they overfill your fry basket. As for the burgers, again NOTHING SPECIAL! Just your typical 4 oz cheddar burger (a double is available too). So...WHAT'S SO IMPRESSIVE ABOUT THIS PLACE? Out of all the hot dog places in Chicago, this was THEE WORST (BOTH IN APPEARANCE AND TASTE). I don't know how celebrities like George Clooney or anyone else can actually say they love this place. They must've been paid off to say such a thing, especially when Clooney was on Leno praising the place. Seriously, it looks like the place is about to be bulldozed to the ground. It literally looks like a shack in the parking lot between 2 buildings. And THERE IS NO BATHROOM!!! What are you supposed to do when you throwup the HORRIBLE TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH, let alone have to go; do it in the parking lot? I'm taking my business to Superdawg or Portillo's, at least their weiners are more filling.
AVOID Wiener Circle – The wiener's circle is a typical example of what chicago has become. If you grew up in the city you went there a few times in high school and soon realized it was a tourist trap and filled with 20 somethings who party in the city. That's all it is for. Tourists and drunks who think its cool. It was cool when I was 14. Now its just stupid.
The Employees are Rascist Price Gougers – DO NOT EAT HERE.
My friend and I went in to buy a cheddar burger which costs $3.80 before tax and when our order came they tried to charged us $5.00 each, assuming we were unable to do basic math. We called them out on it and then they told us to get the f**k out an had the janitor act as some sort of bouncer. He insulted us as we left. I will never eat there again, because the business is run by black rascist price gougers.
Chicago Experience Gone Wrong – The Wiener's Circle is just on par with many small Chicago dog stands that put out tasty, greasy, cheap eats, with the entertaining flair of customer/counter-help repartee . HOWEVER, it's popularity with drunken jerks looking for a fight with the outspoken counter help takes the normally entertaining interaction to a new and very disturbing level. Last time I was there, a very abusive customer nearly sparked a riot. They are going to have to put the counter behind bars soon to protect the staff. Never going there again. Ever.
If you are interested in food and not a call to 911 check out Hot Diggity Dog, Gold Coast Dogs (safe and classic customer/counter-help interaction) or the many family owned Gyros shops around town. For backyard grill flavor, ask for a char dog.
Top Overrated Spot – Indisputably overrated. I would love to hear an argument against this proclamation. The definition of the type of skuzzy spot people talk about to sound cool. Little do they know all the true heads are laughing in their general direction.
I know where you are going to go with this too. ?I just don?t get it.? No, I really do trust me - and more than that I really wanted to like this place to satisfy my dreams of being a d-bag who talks about it anytime people bring up Chicago dining so that people know just how hard I rep. However, all my hopes and dreams came crashing to the ground with a small serving of fries.
How is a spot so desperate to be the sneaky good spot amongst all the other rubble going to mess up cheese fries so much? How is a spot that only serves hot dogs and fries going to p*ss on the entire faith of cheese fry lovers everywhere? I blame it on the cluckboxes who permanently smudge their culinary opinion records by deeming wein circle an institution of any sort.
For those of you lucky enough to have abstained long enough to read this life changing glimpse into the utter overratedness that is wein circle, let me give you a brief description of these despicable cheese fries.
While quality cheese fries ala those offered by the likes of gods in the game like Portillos feature smooth, creamy cheese that beautifully envelopes the fries before satisfying your every desire, Weiner Circle uses straight cheddar that crustifies the fries before the sweet aroma can even reach your nose. My mom makes better cheese fries.
If this article can save one soul from a wasted meal at Weiner Circle, I will feel I succeeded. I hope that everyone will continue the search to find a spectacular diamond in the ruff much like Wein Circle dreams of being. However, you can be a diamond in the rough when every cluckstick in town not only knows about you but stupidly touts your grub.
Wiener's Circle Go Hollywood – The Wiener's Circle will be featured on an upcoming episode of "This American Life," the award winning radio show that has been made into a television version on Showtime. (Search: "This American Life with Ira Glass: The Trailer," on YouTube, for the trailer, featuring one of the Wiener's Circle cooks.)
The first air date will be March 22nd, 2007. Check local listings for times. Judging from the trailer, it's not to be missed!
It's not just the food it's the experience! – The fries are good! The hot dogs are better! But the real reason to drive out of your way after a night of heavy drinking is to experience the wonder that is Wiener Circle. The wiener circle girls never dissapoint. In the battle between drunken Northside ex-frat boys and saucy wiener circle workers, the girls always win. Dinner AND a show!
It's a "HOT DOG" place ----Whatdayawant – As far as Chicago style dogs go, this place is about as average as it gets.
What is amazing is that this place exists in a High(ish) rent area.
Sparce seating, I suggest the window counter at least there's the ever changing view of street-life.
Yea, I stop here whenever I'm in the area and in the mood for a dog.
No, I don't make a special trip to this place, unless I'm entertaining someone that's bought into the "Rave" af this place.
All in all you gotta experience this at least once!
Hmmmm – I always hear about how awesome this place is...most likely from people who don't know any better. I think A LOT less people would be eating there if they ever saw what goes down in the kitchen. I guess what you don't know won't hurt you right? And drunk people tend not to care about these things so....oh and the food...it is NOT as fresh as you think!
Chaotic late-night favorite serves up one of the city's best hot dogs, along with a generous side of sass. – The Scene
Step up to the counter and shout out your order, or you could be standing empty-handed for a long time at this bustling neighborhood joint. And that would be a shame--the char dogs rank among the best in Chicago. It's as popular for its trash-talking staff as it is for food. Line up at 4am on a weekend night with other late-night revelers, and you're sure to hear interesting conversations.
A dog with the works comes loaded: two juicy dill pickles, three ripe slices of tomato, and plenty of raw onion and relish. Don't be overwhelmed by the amount of toppings--they're all fresh and each lends a distinctive flavor. The well-dressed dog itself is plump and blackened, but not burnt. Be sure to complement your dog with a cold lemonade and an order of fries, which are thick-cut and served piping hot in an overflowing container.
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