When you are finished eating and wish to have the tray and your garbage taken away so you can leave, you flip a switch on the menu board and the car-hop comes back to get the tray. I personally tip the carhop when my food order is brought out to my car, ensuring a quick tray pickup.
On most weekends, you'll find antique, vintage and old muscle cars. Totally worth the trip!
THE HISTORY OF SUPERDAWG
In May of 1948, Superdawg was established at the corner of Milwaukee, Devon and Nagle in Chicago. Superdawg continues to be family owned and operated in the same location today.
|Superdawg under construction in 1948.|
|Superdawg - August 20, 1963.|
In 1948, Milwaukee and Devon was the end of the streetcar line. With the forest preserve and Whealan Pool across the street, the area was a great destination for swimming families and cruisin' teens. Kids could ride the streetcar for a nickel, and stop at Superdawg where a Superdawg sandwich and drink cost only 32¢. Many times, on their way home, they would stop and ask what they could buy for a dime. If they were a few cents short, Maurie and Flaurie would give them what they wanted and told them to bring the money back the next time they stopped, which they never failed to do.
In the early 1950's the "carhop in a wire" electronic speaker system was installed, and Maurie designed the glowing blue "control tower" where the carhop sits to answer the switchboard and take orders. As Superdawg grew into a successful business, Maurie and Flaurie found time to raise their family of three children (although not on Whoopercheesies alone).
The Superdawg trademark was registered in 1984.
Throughout the years, small changes have been made to the menu, like the addition of the Whoopskidawg in 1989 and the Superchic in 1991. However, the Superdawg recipe, the original trademark figures (continuing to flirtatiously wink at each other), and the drive-in concept have not changed. Customers can still order from their car and have a carhop deliver their order on a tray. Maurie and Flaurie's attention to quality products and service, preparing each customer's meal to order, affirming the belief that the customer is always right, and insisting that the customer should always be treated as family continues today.
Maurie Berman died of heart problems on May 17, 2015 at 89 years old.
Superdawg Chicago on the Travel Channel's Hot Dog Paradise
NOTE: I am addressing the comments of many people; "Superdawg is too expensive!"
Superdawg has their own secret recipe for their Superdawgs, which are 6 to a pound hot dogs. No other hot dog stand, anywhere, serves a Superdawg - it's one-of-a-kind! Other famous hot dog joints like Gene & Jude's use Vienna's mass produced hot dogs but they are 10 or 12 to a pound. I've heard people over the years saying that Superdawg is too expensive... so I personally called a dozen famous Vienna hot dog joints in the Chicago area and they all use 10 or 12 to a pound hot dogs. Considering that you would need to buy two hot dogs from Gene & Jude's to equal one Superdawg, makes Superdawg a few cents cheaper! Don't forget that Superdawg also includes and order of fries, as do some, but not all, of the other joints I called.
Edited by Neil Gale, Ph.D.