On behalf of those of us
who have never had a "good" Jimmy's red hot, I cannot add to the sentiments for renewal. I have never thought there was substantive, diverse discussion about this place, other than jingoistic feelings about its resemblance to the idealized hot dogs of yore in one's home turf. The original nomination is tongue-in-cheek, and contains the following observations:
David Hammond wrote:
I was the recipient of a coordinated public drubbing, as well as backchannel person-to-person harassment, for my disapproval of Jimmy’s
and although discussion of Jimmy’s seems to be filled with adoration for the environment first with quality of eats sometimes barely mentioned
I cannot see myself ever voluntarily walking into this joint again
Since presumably the original nominator hasn't revisited and cannot offer an update, community comments are what we're going off of. I value (and will value) the endorsements of Steve, Jefe, Mel, and RAB in this renewal thread, which is likely more of a record than will build in some other threads. I simply want to offer the counterpoint that several longtime posters (including myself) have not even been able to tell if the dogs are natural-casinged or not due to the sodden condition in which they are served, in stale buns accompanied by undersalted fries.
Like many of you, I grew up in Chicagoland and have my favorite stands. Gene's and Jude's is an example of a place I learned to love through LTH. I now crave it, even though it is a variant style to those of my upbringing. The discussion is rich and sensible. Superdawg is another - pickled green tomatoes, ever-surviving owners, awesome packaging graphics, wonderful memories from a wide range of posters. I am in the community's debt for these conversations and insights.
From the start, the Jimmy's nomination and discussion has been nonsensical; more meta-thread than actual reports. I don't get the nomination, or the product. I still respect those who do, and hope to share their experiences at some point, since I will keep giving it the occasional try (you won't even have to drag me).