It’s ridiculous to think I almost drove right past the very yellow Lucky Dawgs 2. Lucky Dawg 2 sits at the front end of the strip mall facing Collier Boulevard. In case you’re wondering (cause I was), the original Lucky Dawgs was an umbrella hot dog cart outside a Home Depot store.
There’s an order window on the side, a pickup window right by six bar stools, and a small counter space where you can enjoy your grub. Three picnic benches round out all the seating unless, of course, you wanna sit in your vehicle.
Considering the hot day, it was probably a better option.
Vienna Beef Dogs
There is a Vienna Beef logo, meaning they must be a Chicago dog joint. I’m ok with that, but I’m not into that dragged-through-the-garden nonsense. I like my dogs with onion, mustard, and relish, or a straight-up chili dog will always hit the spot.
The entire menu consists of dogs ($3.50-$4.50), a Maxwell Street Polish ($5), Italian Sausage ($8), an Italian beef-sausage combo ($9), burgers in single or double (with or without cheese, $4-$6.50), chicken wings ($7-$18), fresh-cut fries (with chili, cheese or chili cheese $2-$4.50), and $5 shakes. When I saw the shake price, Pulp Fiction instantly came to mind, but I didn’t pull the trigger.
All of the dogs came on a soft poppy seed bun. My dad opts for his usual odd combination of onions and mayo, don’t knock it till you try it! We agree to share an order of fresh-cut fries topped with nacho cheese sauce.
One dog was chili only, the other with chili, mustard, and onion, plus the 1/4 chargrilled cheeseburger with raw onions, mayo, mustard, and ketchup (my childhood favorite condiment combination).
So How Was It?
So, you can’t go wrong with fresh-cut fries. They remind me of the ones my mom makes. The cheeseburger had a nice char from the grill, but the sauce combo with the raw onion next leveled this puppy. It had an unexpected sweetness that both my pops and I thoroughly enjoyed.
Once, my palate told me, this is a housemade chili…we were golden. The mustard and onion topped the chili-only dog. The chili was precisely how I love it: beefy, slightly saucy, and no beans.
We were too full to drink a shake, but we took some Chicago-style tamales. Tamales? Oh yeah, I forgot to mention those!
Lucky Dawgs 2
12435 Collier Boulevard
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LUCKYDAWG2
Monday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm