ON THE MENU
• Chicago dog — Beef hot dog covered in mustard, relish, onions, tomato wedges, a Kosher pickle wedge and sport peppers with a dash of celery salt on a steamed poppy seed bun, $3
• Italian beef sandwich — Thin sliced top sirloin of beef cooked and dipped in an au jus served on bread, $5.79
• Beer battered onion rings — $3
• Chili cheese tamale — $2.89
1175 Buford Highway, Suite 130, Suwanee
• Open since: Oct. 18
• Owners: Husband-wife duo Eva and Justin Imig
• Location: Lucky Dog is located off of Buford Highway in a strip mall across from Suwanee Creek Park.
• Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
• Atmosphere: The inside of the restaurant has Chicago memorabilia adorning the walls and every sports team is represented — Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox and the Bulls.
The eatery has several tables and chairs scattered throughout which can be suitable for a couple or a whole football team. There are also two bar top tables with four chairs each for family seating.
Owners Eva and Justin Imig wanted to open Lucky Dog because they missed the flavors of Chicago. They moved to Georgia four years ago.
“When I was pregnant, I always had a craving for Italian beef sandwiches with with spicy giardiniera on top,” Eva Imig said. “That’s where it all came from.”
So the couple collected all things Chicago and set up shop in Suwanee.
“This is a great place because we’re just down the street from Town Center Park,” Imig said.
If you’re in a hurry, you can call in your order ahead of time.
“We don’t deliver, but we can make sure you have food ready when you get here,” she said.
• Menu: We’ve all had a hot dog before, but what makes a Chicago dog stand out is how it’s prepared and the choice of meat.
At Lucky Dog, they are only made with Vienna Beef hot dogs.
“I went to the plant before and they use really good cuts of meat,” Imig said. “It was something you would put on your dinner table, like brisket.”
Staying true to the Chicago roots, Imig orders everything from the Windy City.
“That includes the poppy seed buns, giardiniera and Vienna Beef hot dogs,” she said.
If you can’t make up your mind, you can top your dog with anything, including onions, chipotle aioli, cole slaw, chili, relish and sauerkraut.
Lucky Dog also has other things on the menu, including chicken tenders, salads, pizza puffs, burgers and milk shakes. Shake flavors are vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, Nutella, Oreo cookies and cream, and Orange Dream.
“We’re trying to bring back childhood memories for people,” Imig said. “Something nostalgic.”
• Things you might not know: Before the Imigs opened Lucky Dog, the restaurant was another eatery: Chicago Red Hots.