CROWN POINT — He's back.
Mike Adams, dubbed "the hot dog guy," will return to the square as his yearly vendor application was approved Wednesday by the Board of Works and Safety.
Sometime in late April is when Adams and his staff will be found hawking his dogs and Polish sausage at the southeast corner of the downtown square and at East and Joliet streets.
Adams also is known for providing dog biscuits and water to people walking their dogs. He also has authorization to operate after 10:30 p.m. on weekends if he chooses to do so.
"We are definitely itchy to get started," he said.
This will mark the ninth year Adams is Crown Point's "hot dog guy." He has been called the ambassador of the city. Often he is the first person out-of-town visitors to the square will encounter.
"The people of Crown Point have really responded to me well," he said.
Adams said customers appreciate that he and his staff are always waving to people and helping them cross the street. Adams also gets requests to operate a stand at wedding receptions, usually setting up outside the entrance to the reception hall from 10 p.m. to midnight.
"I'm very lucky," he said.
10 places to indulge in hot dogs in the Region
Arnie's Dog House
Address: 8125 Calumet Ave., Munster and 1503 Indianapolis Blvd., Whiting
Hot dog price: $3.15
Description: A signature Munster establishment with an unforgettable tagline: "where man bites dog."
Boz Hot Dogs
Address: 1205 Sheffield Ave., Dyer, and 2513 Ridge Road, Lansing
Hot dog price: $2.55
Description: A notable Chicagoland chain that originally grew out of Dolton, Illinois.
Address: 118 W Coolspring Ave., Michigan City
Hot dog price: $2.50
Description: A classic drive-in root beer stand establishment just off of Franklin St. Pull on up to a parking spot and the staff will take care of the rest.
Corky's Dogg House
Address: 12421 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake
Hot dog price: $2.89
Description: An easy-going spot for some outdoor afternoon eating.
Depot Hot Dogs
Address: 5016 Melton Road, Portage
Hot dog price: $3.85
Description: If you plan to head out to the Dunes, consider grabbing some wieners to go from this roadside spot.
Address: 36 U.S. 41, Schererville
Hot dog price: $2.09
Description: A classy Schererville joint home to the midweek "Weenie Wednesday" special.
Address: 5891 Broadway, Merrillville
Hot dog price: $2.69
Description: If you work around Merrillville or Gary, consider having an outdoor lunch here.
Manny's Chicago Style Dawg House
Address: 6217 Kennedy Ave., Hammond
Hot dog price: $2.99
Description: Any who like to stay true to the Chicago-style dog can include this spot on their radar.
Portillo's Hot Dogs
Address: 555 E 80th Ave., Merrillville
Hot dog price: $2.85
Description: A Chicagoland classic and household name for hot dog greats. The Merrillville location is conveniently located off of I-65 for all your road trip needs.
Address: 3 Napoleon Street, Valparaiso
Hot dog price: $3
Description: A small, pleasant establishment in downtown Valparaiso just a stone's throw away from any summertime activities in Central Park.
Address: 1151 Joliet St., Dyer, and 1498 N. Main St., Crown Point
Hot dog price: $1.99 with fries
Description: If you happen to be in Dyer or Crown Point, this place is a must.