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3602 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 673-0100
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Ranked #8 of 159 Restaurants in Skokie
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Fast Food, Hot Dogs
Good for: Dining on a budget
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Good for: Dining on a budget
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English first
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Obviously the food at Poochies isn't something one should eat on a regular basis if they wish to live a healthy life to old age, but moderation is the key. I highly urge you to try the grilled salami sandwich w/sauteed onions & bbq sauce. fantastic.

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northeastern IL/ southeastern WI
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Consistently outstanding burgers, hot dogs, Polish, as well as their more unique offerings: grilled kosher salami, brisket, etc. Quick, responsive service, with all the trimmings, including very fresh grilled onions and more.

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Skokie, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I like the Chicago style dog, and the Chiliedog! The wait is never long and the hotdogs are good quality. The chocolate shakes are also great, and the fries are awesome. I'd come here again and again!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We ate here for lunch. The original cut fries are excellent, Burgers were nicely done and toppings were served individually with personal touch.

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Chicago, Illinois
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616 reviews 616 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
406 helpful votes 406 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

According to co-authors Jane and Michael Stern of "Roadfood," the coast-to-coast guide to 900 of the best hot dog, hamburger, barbecue and lobster joints and ice cream parlors in the United States, Poochie's in north suburban Skokie produces the best red hots of them all. Nothing fancy, just all-beef Vienna franks boiled to perfect plumpness and served in tender, seeded... More 

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Skokie, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

There is no better dog than Poochies! Wonderful steamed buns, great condiments, and fries. One place where going by yourself for a meal is not intimidating - there are several large screen TV's on the walls to watch as you eat. Hamburgers are also top notch. Cheese freak? You can get melted Merkts Cheddar on your dog, hamburger or fries.... More 

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Potomac, Maryland, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Whenever I fly into Chicago I want Chicago pizza and a Chicago dog. Poochie's is the place I go for the dog. Service is friendly and fast and the hot dog is always just what I expect. Fries are great and the newspaper articles and photos of great Chicago sports moments make the whole experience more fun. Great place!

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Top Contributor
311 reviews 311 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I live an hour's drive from this place- but that does not stop me from driving there to tackle a couple of their 5 star cheddar char dogs. If this was closer to home. i would weigh 300 pounds. Take whatever steps necessary to add this to a Chicago eating trip- or any trip

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Madison, Wisconsin
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69 reviews 69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Here's where you get it. Some distance from downtown, but the best you'll get. Slightly relocated and doubled in size, but still the best Chicago red hots. Tourists? Do NOT ask for ketchup!

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Midland, Michigan
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164 reviews 164 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

You won't find a better Chicago-style hot dog than the char dog at Poochie's. I've tried dogs all over the area and none could beat Poochie's. The French fries are also excellent. Hand-cut, twice-fried and made to order, they are truly outstanding. A Poochie's Chicago dog and fries is one of the best meals in the area. I drove 45... More 

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Additional Information about Poochie's

Address: 3602 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60076
Phone Number: (847) 673-0100
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Skokie
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: American, Fast Food, Hot Dogs

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