Gold Coast Dogs

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America's Best Hotdogs
  • #60 in 2015
  • #61 in 2015
159 N Wabash Ave (at W Randolph St)
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 917-1677

These days, there’s little left of the charm and personal touch at Gold Coast Dogs that’s detailed in Bob Schwartz’s Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog that once characterized it. The stand, which was founded in 1985 by Barry Potekin (who had washed out in the commodity business), is said to have produced good food at a time when it wasn’t the modus operandi of the typical stand (especially in the downtown Loop). There are now five locations (two at O’Hare and one at Midway), but Potekin and his partner Paul Michaels divested themselves of Gold Coast more than a decade ago. And while there are still standard-bearing hot dogs, there’s little personal touch. What Gold Coast may lack in charm, it makes up in char. These are some juicy red tomato-laden, char-grilled dogs with split ends that flay open in quarters like some crazy, juicy-crunchy hot dog end propellers on either side of the bun. 

— Arthur Bovino, Chicago's 29 Best Hot Dogs, 7/22/2013

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Foursquare Tips
While a steam-simmered (not boiled) hot dog is preferred among connoisseurs of the Chicago-style dog, grilling is also an acceptable cooking method.
Explore Chicago
2010-01-29 15:29:24
GCD dogs are natural-casing Vienna Beef, you can get them char-grilled, and they have the weird splayed-ends thing, setting these Chicago-style dogs apart.
Time Out Chicago
2012-01-18 16:43:57
...grab a Beer Bratwurst with Sauerkraut. It's really good... Also visit their site at and read up on the History of the Hot Dog.
2010-06-04 20:50:50
Greatest Char-dog Ever. Extra for extra sport peppers.
2010-07-29 14:18:58
Awesome dogs
2010-06-06 05:41:31
Gold Coast Dogs splits the ends of their hot dogs before char-grilling them to crispy perfection, giving a unique blooming flower-petal look to their otherwise classic Chicago style dog.
Explore Chicago
2010-01-29 15:31:38
The char dog at Gold Coast Dogs is an excellent introduction to the world of Chicago-style hot dogs. The ends are sliced, so that when tossed on the hot grill they flare out wildly.
Serious Eats
2013-05-13 16:42:10
Cheese fries suck.
2012-10-13 21:08:55
yummy... so delicious
2011-03-23 00:23:33
The bratwurst usually takes a few minutes longer, but it's well worth it!
2009-12-28 13:14:12
Dog with everything is great! Although the place could be better with nicer decoration
2014-12-31 09:08:56
Gotta try chicago style ;) and char dog is really good
2014-10-02 13:36:44
Counter Service
2014-09-10 16:25:31
2014-09-05 23:40:19
After Demon Dogs closed, Gold Coast became king of the Chicago-style dog.
2014-09-05 15:05:45
Char dog is what I would request as my last meal
Matt Spudart
2014-08-26 21:01:19
They do the Chicago dog right.
2014-08-06 20:58:16
Best grilled hot dog in the city.
2014-08-06 17:34:34
Dogs are on the small side. Fries are mediocre at best.
2014-05-30 14:00:02
Tell your mom to get her own basket of french fries. You're not going to want to share.
2013-12-25 02:24:41