I always like to check out new restaurants in my home town of Rockwall Texas especially when it is in my neighborhood. Windy City Dawgs recently opened and I decided it was time for a visit. It looked interesting even if it was a hot dog delicatessen. The menu had some variety and the pictures looked good. (Note to self, Menu Pictures rarely reflect the real thing.) Windy City Dawgs is obviously designed around Chicago Style Food so the fare consisted of variations of Hot Dogs, Pizza, Italian Sausage Sandwiches and , A Chicago Classic, Tamales (?). I approached the counter and a slightly frustrated owner told me he would be with me in a minute. He finally was ready to take my order and mumbled he was sorry for the delay. Apparently his wife, who was out procuring supplies, was the cash register expert and he was just having a little troubled mastering the machine. He was finally ready to take my order as he looked over my shoulder at the rapidly growing line.
I decided on a Hamburger with cheese. I figure a hamburger is always a good indication of the quality of the food, and after all everyone can cook a hamburger right? My Son had the Bratwurst and we ordered some Large French Fries topped with Cheddar Cheese to share.
After 15 minutes or so our food arrived at the table. The Bratwurst looked OK but my hamburger had only meat and cheese. I guess I assumed it would have Lettuce and Tomato and mayo or mustard. So after another 5 minutes my burger arrived fully dressed. I could tell by looking at the gray meet that this was not going to be a burger to remember. One bite confirmed that was true. The cheese fries were good but I was underwhelmed by the portion for the price. My Son said his Bratwurst was OK. He gave me a bite and, quite honestly, it tasted bland and looked unappetizing, and grey like the burger. Overall this was not a good dining experience for us.
Windy City Dawgs is located on the site of three former failed restaurants. The first one was the Country Cafe, followed by the Rountcy Cafe ( the owner was too cheap to by a new sign so he switched the C and R in the sign) and then New York Pizza. I hate to say a place is cursed but there has not been very many good meals or satisfied customers ever leave the place. I still have hope for Windy City Dawgs, but it will need some customer service and some quality food if it is to break the trend. I support anybody that tries to open a business and live the American dream. In Rockwall it takes more than just desire, I just hope Windy City Dawgs has what it takes to be a winner.