We have been to famous hot dog places, and cultural icons. Luichi's is neither of these. What it is though, is a seven year old restaurant that is more of a neighborhood place. A neighborhood place is where all the locals seem to go for meals and to quench their appetite, but not many people outside of the 'neighborhood' know about it. Just about a mile from downtown Rockford, Luichi's has a variety of menu options for the size of the place. People may be packed in during a lunch rush, but otherwise there is capacity for about 20 people to eat comfortably.
Atmosphere - Not much to look at with decorations or memorabilia on the wall. However, there are several signs pointing out that you cannot wear hoodies in the store. Though it did not say it, I picture a giant sumo size guy dropping from the ceiling and throwing you out, literally, if you wear a hoodie in the store. D+
Value - This may be the best value in Chicago land for a hot dog combo. I got two dogs, a generous serving of thick cut fries, and a soda for $5.75! Seriously. The only kind of dogs they serve is Chicago style, which if you read this often you know is my favorite. I have been to hot dog places that would charge you upwards of four bucks for one Chicago dog. Each of their dogs are Vienna Beef which are a staple of Chicago hot dogs, but they were NOT, repeat NOT served on poppy seed buns. A total taboo when offering Chicago dogs. Few things make an authentic Chicago Dog- The toxic looking relish, sport peppers, and a poppy seed bun. So though the price was fantastic, a bump up in the price for the customers would make authentic Chicago dogs possible. A-
Side Dish Jody says...I was pleased to see many non-hot dog options at Luichi's. Everything ranging from pizza and burgers to gyros and fried okra. I opted for the cheeseburger combo which came with a large cheeseburger topped with lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, ketchup and mayo (I opted for no mayo or ketchup), a side of fries and a fountain drink. All for less than $5!!! The burger was really good. It reminded me almost of a Whopper from Burger King. The fries were done just right - not too crispy, not too greasy. If I were a local, I'd definitely go there for lunch at least once a month. The only negative was that it really was a no frills eating establishment and the restroom left a lot to be desired. B+