This one is from last year..... yes, I'm COMC (Clearing Out the Memory Card). After returning from Chicago, I guess I mentioned Chicago Dogs one too many times.... the Missus suddenly wanted a Chicago Dog! We decided to check out Lefty's in Mission Hills......
Though I've been to the North Park location a couple of times, and even included Lefty's in my Chicago Dog marathon post (sadly the other two places have closed), I haven't been here since it was Phil's BBQ.
By San Diego standards the Chicago Dog and fries is a relative bargain at $4.25..... by Chicago standards.... well, let's put it this way; I could get a Chicago Dog and a generous portion of Duck Fat Fries from Hot Doug's for a buck more.
I like the Chicago Dog from Lefty's, the dog has a decent snap, there are most of the working parts I enjoy in a Chicago Dog, the sport peppers, and so forth. I do wish that they'd put a bit more celery salt in the dog.... but hey, there are folks that don't care for the stuff I guess. The bun seemed a bit on the soggy side, but the Missus had no complaints. She also enjoyed the hand-cut fries; while not sporting a good amount of skin, it had a nice potato flavor.
I ordered a Chicago Beef, which at $7 is about two bucks more than Chicago. I didn't expect anything close to what I had in Chicago, which was a good thing, since this was basically a French Dip with bottled Giardiniera.
Oh well, you can't win them all. I'll stick with the Chicago Dogs....
Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria
4030 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103
Postscript: I've had a couple folks ask, and recommend Chicago style deep dish/stuffed pizzas (including you Liver!). And if you wonder why you've never seen a post.... well, the explanation's rather simple. But I'm sure you'd rather a have a story instead, right? More than couple of years ago, I was in Chicago on business. I had my eyes on some stuffed pizza, but one of the folks I was with insisted that we go here first.
Pizzeria Due...... we kill a deep dish, but man, all that cheese is killing my lactose intolerant self. We head off and stop at Giordano's. Because I'm with the folks I work with.... well, I gotta at least try.......man, this was tough. I'll spare you the gory details and just say, all that cheese almost killed me....... talk about "due"......