October 18, 2007

Hot Doug’s

There are literally hundreds of hot dog joints in Chicago, and it can be difficult to discern one from another. However, Hot Doug's has one unique feature that you can see before you even walk inside: a line of hungry patrons that not only falls out the door, but actually crawls around the building! Locals are willing to wait as long as 20 minutes to get inside. Just what is it they're all waiting for?

Hot Doug's Doug's menu may not look spectacular, but its flavors are sublime. The menu starts off with the classic Chicago-style hot dog and is followed by 'The Elvis' (Polish sausage, smoked and savory), 'The Paul Kelly' (bratwurst… soaked in beer), and 'The Keira Knightley' (mighty hot!). And for you non-meat eaters, the veggie dog is probably the best in town. But don't just stick to what you know; Hot Doug's also serves up a Game of the Week, which can be anything from rattlesnake to kangaroo to elk. Other specials include a calvados-infused duck sausage, a spinach and feta chicken sausage, and a rib eye steak sausage with chimichurri sauce. And of course, you can't have a good dog without fries! Get them slathered in cheese, or, on Fridays and Saturdays, have them in their most sinful form: fried in duck fat.

And just when you thought things couldn't get any better, the man behind it all is cheerful and witty. Doug cracks jokes and takes down the orders, all while keeping the hungry crowds in line. With his charming demeanor and delicious wares, he may easily become your new best friend.

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Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) Rogue Poet, ifindkarma, moonrat42

Hot Doug's ($ - cash only): 3324 N California; 773-279-9550
Mon ' Sat: 10:30 a.m. ' 4:00 p.m.
Street parking
Public trans: Bus # 52, 77


4 comments to Hot Doug’s

  1. Hungry? Chicago
    November 20th, 2007 at 1:07 am

    [...] Chicago Pat's Pizzeria & Ristorante Superdawg Drive-In Lou Mitchell's Hot Doug's Ethiopian Diamond Mariegold Bakery & Fast [...]

  2. Hot Doug’s Hot Dog Contest
    July 20th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    [...] of suggestions on new meat-and-toppings recipes. The entries were sent to Doug Sohn, the owner of Hot Doug's, who chose four finalists. People are now invited to vote for their favorite, and the winner will [...]

  3. Anthony Bourdain Visits Chicago
    August 14th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    [...] where did the famously critical chef and author dine? One of the restaurants Bourdain sampled was Hot Doug's (which is now serving the 'New Chicago'). “I'm a huge fan. You can't praise the place [...]

  4. benny j. stumbo
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:55 am

    would like to purchase some hot dougs, do you have a mail order service

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