Saturday, October 10, 2009
Ultimate vs. Chicory
Ultimate Burgers and Dogs (243 Degraw St.) is now open in the space that Chicory used to inhabit. The tiny space has big shoes to fill from Chicory's much coveted fried chicken and meatloaf melts. Ultimate is more of a snack place though than a gourmet take-out place. Priced for the Great Recession, everything's under $8, only you'll need 2 dogs to make a meal, so you end up spending at least $10 anyway. The Chicago Dog with pickles, diced onions, tomato, peppers and relish ($4.50) is a surprisingly nice twist on the familiar, but the cost is all for the toppings. The Italian sausage with onions, peppers and spicy mustard is more filling, but at $5.75 is approaching Shea Stadium prices.
All burgers and dogs are served with slaw and chips, which can be substituted for tater tots for $1. The tater tot portions could be bulked up, but can anyone ever get enough tater tots? The burgers are junior sized ($5.25), although big eaters will want to double them for $2 more.
Ultimate will be serving breakfast, much-needed for the area, beginning in a few weeks, and are just serving lunch and dinner till they get the kinks out. So far, it's not quite on par with Chicory, but surpasses the declining Cobble Grill.