Baseball season is upon us, and we are all dreaming of hot dogs at our desks. A history of unique, consistently amazing presence of hot dogs has stamped Chicago as the hot dog capital of the world. In fact, I think it is considered a crime to attend a ball game at Wrigley Field without eating a hot dog… or at least the dirtiest of looks are warranted for those who don’t.
To those of use who reside down south here in San Antonio, the quick trip to Chicago for one of these iconic hot dogs may not be a readily available thing, but now, thanks to the new Wrigleyville Grill we don’t have to! When owner, Jimmy Tingas, moved to San Antonio from Chicago he searched for a hot dog joint to bring back the comforts of home. He was surprised when he realized the hot dog that he craved was not to be found; so he decided to fill the need and open Wrigleyville Grill.
Wrigleyville is located in a small shopping strip right off 410, and from the moment you walk in you can feel the Chicago. Baseball jerseys and various photos of Chicago history line the walls whisk you away to the windy city on your lunch break!
Wrigleyville is a culmination of Jimmy’s background combining his Greek family heritage with his hometown of Chicago. So, are you ready for this? You can find a Chicago Dog and a Gyro on the same menu! Combos are also available to add fries and a drink to your meal for the perfect lunch under $10. And don’t forget the homemade Baklava ($2.75) for dessert!
So, “take me out to the ball game”… well maybe not the game, but definitely the hot dog! Get down to Wrigleyville to fill your craving for the ultimate Chicago Dog ($3.65) made with 100% Vienna beef hot dog, and topped with a pickle spear, onion, relish, tomato, sport peppers, and mustard, is delicious and beautiful. Another customer favorite is the Chili Cheese Dog ($3.95), which is exactly the messy, cheesy goodness that you’re hoping for.
The Famous Italian Beef Sandwich ($5.95) is a French bread loaf loaded with thinly sliced beef and then, if you ask for it wet which I recommend, is dunked into an as jus sauce and topped with peppers. You definitely need a knife a fork with this one!
Our personal favorites from the Greek selections were the Chicken Pita ($5.75) with fresh house made tziki sauce, and the Greek fries topped with oregano and feta. The chicken pita was loaded with grilled chicken that will ensure you aren’t hungry again until dinner. The tzaziki sauce adds the bright freshness that is needed between all the chicken and pita bread.
The only setback you’ll find at Wrigleyville is the very thin wax paper that lines the baskets your meal is served in. These hot dogs, sandwiches, and gyros are loaded with so many awesome toppings that you may need to use a fork and knife, but the wax paper tears so easily (especially when soaked with as jus) that little bits of paper get in your food and ruins your bite. I would recommend going with a higher quality paper, or just switching over to plates for some dishes.
602 N.W. Loop 410 Suite #146, San Antonio, Texas 78216 – 210-369-9833
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11a-8p, Fri & Sat 11a-11p, Sun 12p-6p.