Sammy's Red Hots

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No, this fast-food restaurant is not named after the popular Cubs slugger. In fact, Sammy's Red Hots has been around since before Sammy Sosa was even born. For the first 33 years of its existence, the restaurant was located on Clark and Division. Sammy's then moved to its current home, three blocks west, in the shadow of the Cabrini-Green neighborhood. Sammy's does mostly a carryout and delivery business, although patrons can stand and eat at the counter inside the store if they choose. The specialty of the house is Vienna beef hot dogs and Polish sausage, but Sammy's also doubles as a chicken shack --- offering 16 kinds of chicken combination meals. If you're in the mood for fish, Sammy's has catfish, perch, jack salmon and shrimp. There also are sub sandwiches, gyros and Italian beef. Early risers can grab breakfast between the hours of 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.