Late-night hot dog joint now open in Ukrainian Village

Phil's Last Stand grills up classic char-dogs and "Double Fatso" burgers

February 15, 2012|By Erin Sarris | For RedEye

Forget the tamale guy. Late-night eaters in Ukrainian Village now have a new option thanks to a hot dog shop that opened in early February.

The team behind rock music/prison-themed burger bar Lockdown has opened Phil’s Last Stand (2258 W. Chicago Ave. 773-245-3287), which serves a selection of classic char-dogs, burgers and sandwiches such as grilled salami.

The spot was named after 440-pound Phil Ashbach, who owned several hot dog stands and restaurants throughout his lifetime, and for whom the signature “Double Fatso” burger is named.

“He’s kind of a character, and definitely an eater,” said co-owner David Jacobs of his family friend who works at the stand daily. “We all joke that this is going to be the last fun thing he does before he croaks.”


Right there alongside him are those who dare to take one of Phil's challenges, where participants chow down a jumbo-sized shrimp sandwich (pictured) to get their name on a plaque, a comped meal, a T-shirt and a gift card for future use.

While the eatery was inspired in part by old-school hot dog stands, it has updated twists such as granite counter tops, steel walls and industrial lights. Just like at popular West Coast joints such as In-N-Out Burger, there are off-menu items such as shoestring fries, po’ boy sandwiches, and the beforementioned Fatso Burger in three different styles: the cow-carb skinny Fatso, the Fatso con Huevo with a fried egg on top and the Fatso con Loco with cheddar, grilled onions and a dash of hot sauce. There’s also jumbo shrimp and mac ’n’ cheese.

Phil’s Last Stand is open Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday from 10:30 am-midnight; and Thursday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the website at philslaststand.com.

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