You can get the hot dog topped many ways, including with chili, but we opted for the traditional Chicago dressing — neon green pickle relish, mustard, a slice of pickle, fiery sport peppers and some chunks of fresh tomato, all topped with a sprinkle of celery salt. We took points off for the standard hot dog bun, instead of the poppy seed variety. Be warned, it's a mess, but in a good way.
We also dug into another Chicago specialty, the Italian beef ($6.05 for the sandwich only). By custom, big chunks of meat are braised in a spicy broth, then sliced and served on a fat hoagie roll with lots of pan juice for dipping. We suspect the beef at Lynn's comes pre-made from a Chicago supplier, rather than being cooked on premises. It's a little dry. But a cup of the salty, herbed jus makes up for that. You can choose a mild, medium or hot blend of pickled vegetables and peppers for a topping (the giardiniera, if you want to get technical.). We chose hot. It was. This is a whopper of a sandwich, a meal. A companion liked her Philly cheese steak, though she was a little puzzled by the honey dipping sauce. Lynn's is a spartan, self-serve place, but the folks are friendly and accommodating. You'll feel like you're eating with family.