Apr 112009

Cuisine: American, Chicago-Style, Hot Dogs, Pizza
Restaurant Features: Catering, Counter-Service
Locations: Fridley, St Paul, and Minneapolis, MN
Addresses & Maps:

Fridley– 7429 East River Rd Fridley, MN 55432 (763) 571-0288
Minneapolis– 3101 E 42nd St  (612) 729-5507
St Paul– 603 W. 7th St. (651)228-9347
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-9pm     Sun 12pm-7pm

Links: Chris & Rob’s Website * Chris & Rob’s Page on Facebook


Atmosphere: The St Paul location of Chris & Rob’s can be found in this cute old dining car on West 7th Street.  The entrance to the restaurant is tucked around the side of the building, leading you to the ordering counter, with the kitchen just behind that.  The dining area is one long, narrow space with wooden floors and wood paneling on the walls.  There are several four-person wooden tables running the length of the space along the left side, and two-person tables along the right, with a walkway between them.  The many windows facing W. 7th offer plenty of light but there are also several pretty stained-glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.


Menu: Appetizers include French Fries, Tater Tots, Cheese Curds, Chili Cheese Fries, Bowl of Chili, Onion Rings, Jalapeno Poppers, Mozzarella Sticks, Breaded Mushrooms, Ravioli Dippers, Garlic Toast, Supreme Tamale, Pizza Puff, Cheese Bread, Gravy Bread, Chicken Tenders, Spicy Wings, Shrimp, Rib Tips, and Fish.

All Hot Dogs and Sausage Sandwiches at Chris & Rob’s are made with meat that comes directly from Chicago.  Hot dogs are all Vienna Brand and  include the Chicago Dog (with everything!), Cheese Dog, Chili Dog, Chili Cheese Dog, Polish Sausage, and Maxwell Street Polish.  Sausage sandwiches include the Italian Sausage, Meatball and Brat.

Specialty sandwiches include the Hot Italian Beef, Cheesy Beef, BBQ Beef, Beef and Sausage Combo, Gyro Classic and Prime Rib sandwich.

Chris & Rob’s also has 12″ 14″ and 16″ Pizzas, made on either Traditional Thin Crust or the Famous Sicilian which has a thicker rolled crust.  Pick your own ingredients or try one of the Specialty Pizzas such as the Monster of the Midway or Jordan’s Garden.

Chris & Rob’s also makes Party Platters! Italian Beef, Hot Dogs, and Pasta can all be ordered as a Platters.  Call to arrange specifics.

Chris & Rob’s also has an extensive catering menu.

Price guide: Appetizers $1-6 Hot Dogs $3-4   Sandwiches $6-9  Pizza $10-20

What I ordered: I was in the mood for a chili cheese dog, so a search around St Paul brought  brought me to Chris & Rob’s.  I had never been there before but heard they had Vienna hot dogs and wanted to see what the big deal was about.  I assume the hot dog was cooked by either boiling or steaming it.  The casing on it was thin and the hot dog itself was good but not as flavorful as I had expected.  It was the same size as any other ordinary hot dog and I could probably have eaten two if I hadn’t gotten fries instead.  Served on a fresh poppy seed bun, the hot dog was topped with chili, cheese sauce and onions.  The chili had ground meat and a lot of beans, but was kind of bland and did not seem to be homemade (I could be wrong!) The thick-cut fries were also pretty basic, cut slightly thick so they are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and just slightly salted.


Service: Incredibly fast! I ordered at the counter and my order was ready literally two minutes later.
Overall Impression: Great selection of Chicago-Style Foods.  The hot dog was decent but I would like to go back for a Beef sandwich next time.  Prices seem to be relatively inexpensive, no guilt at spending money at Chris & Rob’s. Very fast service.
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  10 Responses to “Chris & Rob’s Chicago Taste Authority ~ Fridley, Minneapolis & St Paul, MN”

  1. I was there last night. No Receipt

    Ordered giardinera on the Italian Beef – Came with the Hottest Jalapenos I have ever eaten, Just ruined the sandwhich.

    Chicago Dog was grey from sitting around too long and did not taste like fresh Vienna beef.

    Relish was old and musty tasting

    Bread was stale and hard on the ends.

    I did have to wait awhile and don’t believe that I will be going back there.

    Pappy’s on White Bear Ave would be a better choice.

  2. I grew up in Chicago. I worked for 3 years during high school at Papa John’s (a hot dog stand – related to Mickey’s) in the western suburbs. I’ve purchased and enjoyed Maxwell polish’s from Maxwell Street before they moved all the restaurants down to Roosevelt. I’ve made and served countless hot dogs, hamburgers, polish’s, italian sausage and beef sandwiches. I’ve cut up onions by the gallons. I’ve washed dishes for hours. etc… etc… I love this food.
    1. I have waited in line 12-15 minutes for 2 hot dogs and fries. I know exactly how long it takes to make a hot dog and these time frames are just sad. Even with frying time for fries, this is way too long. And it’s EVERY time. Every order takes this long. I’ve ordered a beef and a hot dog – no fries. That one was almost 20 min. I can’t get out of there in 5 minutes ever. I know that no matter when I go to Chris and Rob’s, I’ll have to stand around.
    2. I watched the Italian sausage I ordered come out of a box, go into the microwave, and then off into the back somewhere (probably to the grill). Microwave? Really?
    3. I’m rarely offered a receipt. Like I said – I’ve worked in food service. When I don’t get offered a receipt, I know somethings off.
    4. Often, the food I ordered is not what I get. I’m not the whiny type – I don’t make a big deal of it. Usually the peppers are missing – or not the ones I ordered (sport vs. giardiniera)
    3. There’s a tip jar out front, but as long as I keep getting my order made wrong – and the silly defensive sullen stupid attitude I got today, I won’t be leaving a tip.

  3. As a 54 yr Chicago resident and product of the west side, I can tell you I have eaten some “beefs” and “dogs” around Chi-town. Trust me on that. Chris and Rob’s does a respectable job for being 400 miles from Chicago. Their combos are very good, but PLEASE stop asking me if I want cheese on it !!! Nobody, but nobody in Chicago puts cheese on a beef.
    They have a ways to go to get to the unbelievable quality beefs served at places like Johnnies in Elmwood Park IL (a simply religious experience), but for my beef fix in Minnesota…..good stuff.

  4. The fact the you use terms like Hotdog and Beef Sandwich tells me you are clueless regarding CHICAGO food! It’s a Chicago Dog (preferrably dragged through the park) and an Itallian Beef! This is NOT Minnesota food! It is awesome, outrageous Chicago Food! Love it!!!!

    What a relief from all the nasaty pork and chicken hotdogs, swedish meatballs, ranch dressing and other boring foods I’ve discovered saturate the twin cities.

  5. I absolutely love the Chicago Dogs. I have not tried the beef sand. but the pizza looks wonderful. Best Chicago dogs outside of Chicago. Great outdoor seating in MPLS

  6. Man I want some fries now. Small places like that are always a gamble: Sometimes they have the best food ever, and a dinky interior, sometimes it’s the other way around.

  7. Don’t Ever Eat At Chris and Robs!
    They robbed me at the Minneapolis location, charged me double on seperate charge I did not sign for, When I called to talk with the owner he yelled at me and then said it was my fault and I needed to learn about finances.
    Excuse, I have a degree, and a perfect credit score. What do I need to learn? Or shall we say they need to learn about costumer service?
    If you don’t want to feel ridiculed or robbed, avoid them, that is my opinion. I know customer service, I have been in that industry for 9 years.

  8. their beef sandwich is superior to their hot dogs. best hotdogs in the city are at the gopher bar in DT st. Paul, IMO.

    I also love the fried ravioli at Chris and Rob’s one of the best things i’ve tried on the menu… and they deliver.

  9. Really interesting interior but the food looks absolutely delish. Wish I could go there right now, especially now since the weather’s warming up. Love the cheapness of it too ;)
    Good review!
    — Ann

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