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Paradise Pup

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1724 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018-2253
847-699-8590
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 98
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hamburger and Hot Dog Heaven

If you want a great hamburger or hot dog and are traveling through Des Plaines, IL try this little place out. Everything is cooked as you order it and doesn't sit around. The best hamburger I've ever had and I've been to many places all over Chicago and Des Plaines. The hot dogs are meaty with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Terri B
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Des Plaines, Illinois
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Cleveland, Ohio
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100 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was excited to try this place after Guy Fieri raved about it! However, my experience was much different than his. Had a cheeseburger and fries. The staff never smiled and was not very friendly. Burger was good, but I prefer a Five Guys burger over this one. The crinkle fries small portion was more than enough for 2 people.... More 

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Thank Courtney K
Des Plaines, Illinois
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a great hamburger or hot dog and are traveling through Des Plaines, IL try this little place out. Everything is cooked as you order it and doesn't sit around. The best hamburger I've ever had and I've been to many places all over Chicago and Des Plaines. The hot dogs are meaty with a good skin to... More 

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Thank Terri B
Deerfield, IL
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130 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped at the Pup the other day and had an awesome Cheddar Burger with grilled onions and an Oreo Shake. The burger was thick and juicy and just as great as ever. The shake was just perfect-my only suggestion would be that a straw with a larger bore would be a big plus with a shake this great and this... More 

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Thank irisarbor
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has a great hot dog and fries. There is a reason they have long lines. This place was worth the wait!

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Thank John G
Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Small place and lines can be very long. Diners drive in and dives stopped in. I love the Mertz cheese fries and burgers. Good malt too.

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Thank Ken L
Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The line can sometimes be seen snaking out the door and into the minimalist parking lot (even during the winter). It's not convenient either as parking can be a challenge too and there really is very little seating in the place itself. Most of that can be found outdoors on picnic tables. But, boy, is it ever worth it!! In... More 

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Thank Cyberhog59
Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

This place is a GEM!!! I do not like chocolate banana but their chocolate banana shake is mind blowing!!! Amazing burgers with amazing cheese...A must eat when in town!!!

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Thank DivineandFree2015
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

I was very disappointed in my cheeseburger as I was last time thinking that was a fluke. Very greasy and artificial charcoal taste. Used to be my favorite but quality has really gone down😟

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Thank Disgramofeightkiddies
Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The only drawback is there is always a line. I have been going here for many years. My daughter stopped here first on her return from Afghanistan. Excellent cheddar burgers, great polish, don't forget grilled onions. Be ready when you hit the front of the line. The only negative is the new fries in the 3 layer fries (Sour cream,... More 

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Thank Chuk O
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Triple D and I both agree that Paradise Pup has the greatest dogs and burgers in town! All the trimmings are included for a perfect Chicago style dog.

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Thank Terri B

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1724 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018-2253
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Des Plaines
  • Phone Number: 847-699-8590

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?