CHICAGO– At the corner of Devon and Milwaukee avenues in Chicago’s Gladstone Park neighborhood, two giant hot dog statues stand on top of a prairie-style building, inviting diners to take a trip back in time.
Considered the only true drive-in in town, Superdawg has been filling hungry bellies on the go for over 75 years.
“Very little has changed since 1948,” said Scott Berman, son of Superdawg founders Maurie and Flaurie Berman. “It’s a time capsule both in terms of service and in terms of the building: same neon, same dogs on the roof, same ordering system and same kind of friendly service.”
Berman runs Superdawg with his sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Don Drucker.
The Druckers both say Superdawg Drive-In is still a must for tourists coming to Windy City, many of whom have luggage in tow from the airport.
“They come from all over the country and all over the world,” Lisa said. “I like to call us a destination. There’s no place like Superdawg.”
“We’re in a book called ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die,'” Don said, noting other wonders of the world. “The Great Wall of China, the pyramids, and then there’s Superdawg here in Chicago.”
Maurie and Flaurie Berman started Superdawg Drive-In while Maurie was studying accounting in college and Flaurie was teaching public schools in Chicago.
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What was originally intended to be a temporary restaurant turned into a 75-year run, with a second location on Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling, Illinois, serving the same secret Superdawg hot dog recipe, exclusive toppings and crinkle fries, all housed in signature take-out boxes.
“There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world,” Berman said.
“The concept has always been to do it better and differently than anyone else and to stand out,” Lisa said. “Some people are told that for the best hot dog in Chicago (or the world), you have to come to Superdawg.”
During a tour of the drive-in kitchen, Don Drucker pointed out many employees who have worked at the restaurant for 20 to 30 years.
He said the next step for Superdawg is more or less the same.
“Superdawg’s future is bright,” Don said. “Superdawg will always be here.”
For more information and a detailed history of Superdawg Drive-In, visit superdawg.com.
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