LACON, Ill. -- Mr. Mike's in Lacon is a no frills hot dog shop with a scenic view of the Lacon marina. That means plenty of business from hungry customers on the water.
“The boaters call in from the river and place their order and then they come up and pick it up and take it back. Or they'll sit out here on the picnic tables and eat it out here on the picnic tables,” said owner Carol Difiori.
And what they eat the most of are classic Chicago style hot dogs and Italian beef made according to a recipe created by Difiori's late husband, Mike.
What makes it different?
“The seasoning. It's a little spicy. It’s got a flavor to it,” she said.
Carol says she sells about 7,000 Chicago style dogs every season. I sampled one and it was very tasty, but I couldn't resist the daily special; a cheesy beef sandwich with fries.
The meat was piled high and the mozzarella cheese was delicious. If you want they'll load it up with sweet peppers and other goodies.
It was very filling, and they give you enough fries to take some home.
With a soft drink, my bill was an economical $8.65.
Mr. Mike's is located right off Route 17 in Lacon and is open every day from March through October.
They also serve gyros, burgers, and other sandwich classics.
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