Photo of Fatso's Last Stand in Chicago, IL, US
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Fatso's Last Stand

American Restaurant

Fatso's Last Stand14.5
chicago hot dog • fried shrimp • char dog • fries

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  • Photo of Christy Boggs
    8 months ago
    TT Cheap eats... char dogs
  • Photo of Sergio D
    5 months ago
    Took an Uber out here from Millennium Park aprox. $11 and a 15 minute ride. The place is small and the staff is very friendly, the dogs were very good and so were the milkshakes everything for around $21.
  • Photo of Heady-By
    6 months ago
    We were in the neighborhood to look at the beautiful churches, and Fatso's was centrally located. I ordered the char-dog with fries and it. was. awesome. I'd gain 100 pounds a year if I lived nearby. My wife enjoyed her burger, and the fries were good too. Even if it's not close to where you are, make the trip - you'll thank me.
  • Photo of vox-sf
    a year ago
    They have excellent burgers and delicious fried shrimp. We talk a lot about going here but try to restrain ourselves to no more than once a month. A lovely guilty pleasure that I recommend to anyone who visits
  • Photo of Keith B
    a year ago
    A friend was visiting Chicago and suggested we meet here for lunch and start the day. I was surprised by his selection but ended up being delightfully surprised! I had a char dog with cheddar and onion. A classic style of hot dog from my childhood days and boy Fatso's did not disappointment! The basket of fresh cut fries was crispy and an awesome tasty to go with. Next time I'm in the area I will stop back. The decor is your typical hot dog stand. There is seating which was not bad to get. I did see a parking lot next door but ended up parking on the street as I didn't see it.
  • Photo of Catalin M
    a year ago
    Great neighborhood place for old school burgers and dogs. My son loves the fries! If you're in the area and are super hungry stop by, you won't regret it.
  • Photo of Bobbi W
    a year ago
    Double Fatso smash with cheese is my favorite burger in Chicago. Get it with a shake, you will not be disappointed. Open late, Cash only.
  • Photo of vox-sf
    a year ago
    They've got awesome burgers here many different ways, but their pound of fried shrimp keeps me coming back.
  • Photo of jalainern
    2 years ago
    Get your dog the way you want it, or sausage! Mine is pure Chicago style! Be sure to get cheese sauce with your fries real cheddar sauce! The burgers are great as well. There are tables outside once you get your food and if it's too sunny be sure the other friendly customers will share any empty spots at their umbrella table! Admire the Basilica across the street. There is parking in the back accessible from the side street.
  • Photo of billymoody
    2 years ago
    Look no further than Fatso's for the best Chicago style dog. We took Uber to get to Fatso's after being told it was the best Hot Dog in the city. I have to agree, plus the fries were good too!
  • Photo of Stare04
    2 years ago
    Tried it for the first time with a friend who stumbled across it. This place is all about the food, don't go there if you want a large, comfortable dining area. Ordered the double char dog with cheese. Hotdog had good flavor, it was charred perfectly. Fries were fresh and abundant. The place is cash only, the food is well priced, and it is definitely worth a visit.
  • Photo of MrWarrenM
    2 years ago
    My first impression was good. I was their first customer of the day! The decor was modest and typical for a hot dog joint. I order up my hot dog, which came with fries, for about $4.50. To my surprise, the hot dog came charred, not steamed. Condiments were fresh and included all of the "Chicago original" fixings - mustard, white onions, generous sized tomato slices, sport peppers, celery salt, pickle spear, and sweet pickle relish; all on a poppy seed bun. I'm a huge stickler about the bun. It has to be steamed and with poppy seeds. Being that the dog was fried, it snapped when I bit into it! All in all, a good hot dog. The fries were good, but the dog was better. They only accept cash. They also offer burgers and few other items. I saw two Zagat Awards on the wall, one for 2013 and the other for 2014. There’s plenty of table seating. You can park behind the building for free or metered parking along the street.
  • Photo of Terryl D
    2 years ago
    I learned what snap was with a hotdog (the chewy skin). That would be the only complaint I would have, yet have come to learn that people like that. Great hotdog that is grilled…few in Chicago have that and in my mind that is what makes a hotdog. Fries are good, but very greasy, which many like as well.
  • Photo of rvhenry
    2 years ago
    This was the second stop on our hot dog crawl in Chicago. The dog was good but seemed small. The tomato and pickles were very cold. We were some of the first customers so maybe later in the day they wouldn't be so cold. I would go back for a second try.
  • Photo of Bernie P
    2 years ago
    Best dogs and burgers in the area. This is a late night gem. Dog selection is outstanding. Gotta save room for one.
  • Photo of Taylor B
    2 years ago
    When Phil's Last Stand at 2258 West Chicago Avenue opened in 2012, it quickly accumulated a wide-spread reputation for owner Phil Ashbach's In-N-Out-style burgers and charred pink hot dogs. In fact, Phil's hot dogs were rated among the 10 best in Illinois according to one culinary survey, which is how I got acquainted with the joint in the first place. But I soon learned that Phil's fried shrimp was the best in town. And as a long-time shrimp lover who starts almost every dinner at any restaurant with a shrimp cocktail if it is on the menu, I must acknowledge that good shrimp is hard to find in Chicago. The best used to be found at The Southside Shrimp House in Bridgeport, but it closed in 2007. Today, Snappy's and Troha's and Frank's are competitive. But Phil's ($11 for a half pound, $20 for a pound) tops them all. Sadly, Phil died in 2014 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 66. Now the restaurant is called Fatso's Last Stand. It is run by Bob Corbett, Phil's general manager, who took over when Phil became too sick to do so. Other than the name, nothing has changed. You can still pocket $50 from management if your appetite is big enough to consume an entire Fatso burger. But the shrimp is the thing. They obtain jumbo shell-on shrimp from a fish house near Halsted and Lake, then shell it themselves and cook as much as 200 pounds of shrimp a week during the summer. It is soaked in buttermilk and egg, coated in crispy panko bread crumbs and fried until the crust is almost tempura-like. Honestly, it tastes like no other shrimp I've ever eaten, even in Florida.
  • Photo of beej5000
    2 years ago
    We had an old friends "retreat" in Chicago for a few days and on our bucket list was a Chicago dog. We did our research online, asked around, opted for Fatso's and made a special trip here. We weren't disappointed. The dog was great. But we were advised the burger was good too so we also had to try that - we didn't know if we'd ever get back so why not? The burger was a little small but it tasted real good. Local police were here and other locals, all of which spoke well of the place. Sure, it's in the "hole in the wall" category but that's what we were looking for - great food, a place with absolutely no pretensions and friendly people. That's what we got. Loved it!
  • Photo of CourtneyAa
    3 years ago
    I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever about the chicago style hotdog... It was absolutely delicious!!!! And the hand cut fries are great too! The location/stand itself has attitude which whilst it's cool it's not super comfortable/welcoming/kid friendly, especially at night! But overall a great experience!
  • Photo of Jon K
    3 years ago
    Authentic small hotdog stand. Chicago style dogs with hand cut fresh french fries. This place has attitude!
  • Photo of Jessica M
    3 years ago
    I LOVE hot dogs. I eat them whenever I have a chance so I was very excited to try one Chicago style. It was so many onions that everything else about the hot dog was pretty much ruined.
  • Photo of Tom O
    3 years ago
    Nothing but the food! That's what this place is all about, food. Not fancy, don't take credit cards, small, but the food is very good and the cost is very reasonable as well. Kids loved the Char Dogs, I had the 1/2lb Poor Boy..... excellent!!! People were very nice, quality of the food was excellent, cost was very good...... we left full and happy! We'll be back!!

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