Review: Roy’s Chicago Dogs at The Yard


Stephen Howe

The most delicious Chicago dogs in the North Bay.

Stephen Howe, Staff Writer

Roy’s Chicago Dogs at The Yard | 84 Corona Rd, Petaluma | (707) 774-1574 | Most entrees under $10

4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves

Signature Dishes

Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches


Chicago-style hotdogs taste unique, and Roy’s really nails it. You wouldn’t expect some of the best Chicago style food to be located at a livestock auction yard, but that’s where it is. The hot dogs are exactly as they should be: Poppy seed bun with Vienna sausage, topped with sweet peppers, a tomato slice instead of ketchup, fluorescent green relish that looks like it’s straight from Chicago, and a pickle. Roy’s serves some of the most delicious hot dogs you’ll ever have outside of Chicago.

The french fries were crispy and fresh, especially when dipped in the “secret sauce,” a condiment that could possibly be thousand island dressing. There’s not really much to say about it.

Stephen Howe
The restaurant is located at the Petaluma Livestock Auction Yard.

When you get to Roy’s, there is a tent and a table where an employee will come outside to greet and take your order. Thanks to the pandemic, you have to wait outside, but the wait wasn’t difficult and was worth it. While you can’t go inside right now because of coronavirus, the interior has a 50s aesthetic and is quite cozy.

Other than Chicago style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, Roy’s also has other kinds of ‘dogs like chili and buffalo dogs, cheeseburgers, ice cream shakes, deep fried mac and cheese balls, and other kinds of street food.

Give Roy’s a chance whenever you’re in the area. It’s an excellent hot dog joint that offers an authentic taste of Chicago.

The Breakdown

Category What were we looking for? Score out of 5
Packaging Neat? Sustainable? Did they remember cutlery? Napkins? Condiments? 3
Hygiene Was clerk wearing gloves? A mask? Both? Neither? What were the pick up and waiting areas like? Clean/neat? 5
Speed and accuracy Food was on counter ready for pickup 4
Portion size Was it filling or were you left wanting more? 5
Leftovers Were there leftovers and, if so, did they reheat well? None!
Quality of Food Freshness, quality of ingredients 5
Tastiness of Food Flavor, spice and texture 5
Customer Service Friendliness, responsiveness 4
Overall Rating With 5 being a perfect score, this restaurant rated: 4