The Bottom Line
- Sandwiches piled high
- Hot dogs -- what's not to like?
- Not just hot dogs
- A la carte items - extra charges for certain items
- Everything wrapped to go, even if you're not going
- Joey's of Chicago is a self-serve operation where you place your order at the register and take your seat to wait for your food to be announced as ready.
- Utensils at Joey's of Chicago are of the plastic variety.
- Brownies and cookies are made on the premises.
- There's nothing really for vegetarians here, but I'll bet they'll make a sub or salad out of whatever ingredients you see on the menu.
- Kid will love Joey's of Chicago.
- Joey's of Chicago has three locations: Cave Creek, north Phoenix and Glendale.
- Joey's of Chicago is open 7 days per week for lunch and dinner.
Guide Review - Joey's of Chicago
Joey's of Chicago is a come as you are family-style casual place. It's got an open, uncrowded dining room with more tables than one might expect for a 'hot dog' place. The booths all have Chicago street signs identifying them, and a large mural of downtown Chicago sets the scene. The kitchen is open; you can watch them prepare your food.
A Sunday afternoon in the north part of town found us craving a hot dog. We stopped in to Joey's of Chicago in Cave Creek to scratch that itch. The posted menu board revealed that our decision would be more difficult than anticipated since there is a good variety of dogs and sandwiches, salads and even ribs offered here. I grew up in New York, where a real hot dog is served from a street cart, steaming hot and smothered in either sauerkraut or red onions. I can accept the Chicago version, especially as it is made here. The dog ($2) comes standard with lettuce, tomato, chopped onions, mustard. The sausage ($3.79) called to me and I'm glad I called back. The beef sub with extra grilled peppers ($6.50) was piled high with meat. We didn't order it wet, which I understand is the preferred presentation when in Illinois. We wanted to get the taste and texture of the meat, and we were pleased; even without drenching it was a hefty, tasty sub. Having been told that the turkey sub ($6) was another popular selection, I ordered it and was surprised to find that it was real turkey in the sandwich, not processed meat. Beware that sandwiches are prepared with everything unless you otherwise specify, so while I normally wouldn't have mustard on my turkey sandwich, it tasted right in this environment. Very good! The fries ($2.50) were reminiscent of Mickey D's, nothing extraordinary, but at least hot and crisp.
I tried a chocolate chip cookie ($1.29). I probably should have asked when it was made, since it didn't have that soft, chewy texture that I was hoping for.
Joey's of Chicago wraps everything as if you are leaving. That wouldn't be my preference, since all that neat stuff on the hot dogs and sandwiches is inevitably squished as soon as they wrap it.
I was impressed at the apparent cleanliness of the restaurant as well as the kitchen that can be seen from the customers' side of the counter.
Sometimes you just gotta have a Chicago dog. When that happens, stop in at Joey's.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. 09/2009