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Chicago Showcase: Hot Dougs

November 22, 2011

Remember in a recent post how I mentioned my vegetarian tendencies? This right here is why I could never commit. Hot Doug’s. The most amazing hot dog of my life. This is no lie. The.Most.Amazing.

The folks at Hot Dougs by no means make it easy to enjoy their superstore of encased meat. Not easily accessible by any form of public transportation, we walked 2 miles for this. While it was a trek, it was worth every step (and probably really good that we burned those calories ahead of time….). It is a small little joint so the line winds down the block, for us it was about an hour long wait. Not to different from the wait for say, The Pancake Pantry in Nashville, but with a much better pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Mr. Doug himself was friendly and happy to explain answer any questions and make suggestions. Mad props to him for this because it must be exhausting to do this for a constant line of people for the 5 hours a day they are open.

The menu itself was of course nothing less than amazing. Everything from your standard Chicago dog to the Foie Gras dog. All different sorts of sausages and toppings to please every palate.

Aside from the dogs, the crown jewel on their menu (which is only offered Friday & Saturday) is the fries, cooked in DUCK FAT. Holy delicious heart attack.

Our final choice was 4 dogs & the fries. Way too much food for 2 people but we couldn’t stop ordering.

Clockwise from the top left corner:
Smoked Portuguese Languica with Saffron Rouille & Iberico Cheese
Foie Gras & Sauternes with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mouse & Fleur de Sel.
Elk Sausage with Cherry Fig Mustard & Caramelized Onion Marmalade Cheddar Cheese
Smoked Shrimp & Pork Sausage with Cajun Remoulade and Goat Cheese drizzled with Honey.

As usual, anything with goat cheese, right up my ally.

A little backstory and history about Hot Dougs. Back in 2006, the city of Chicago initiated a ban on foie gras due to the animal cruelty concerns. Owner Doug Sohn was one of the main restaurants to stand up against the ban. He continued to serve his Foie Gras dog and was the first restaurant to be fined for his actions. His persistence paid off however, and 2 years lated the ban was overturned. Praise the Lord.

Not among our order but throughly enjoyed by our friends were also the:

Veal, Pork & Chive Bockwurst with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Edam Cheese

and the Mushroom and Swiss Cheese Pork Sausage with Swiss Cheese Dijonaise & Mushrooms sauteed in Duck Fat

The damage was done. Another spot that you cannot miss on your next Chicago adventure.

No truer words…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. YourFriendLela permalink
    November 22, 2011 2:09 pm

    This literally made my mouth water

  2. Wallace permalink
    January 10, 2012 5:05 pm

    I was in Chicago this past weekend and went to Hot Doug’s. I had a ginger rabbit dog with pumpkin creme fraiche and goat cheese along with the foie dog and the duck fat fries. It was all delicious. Definitely worth the time. Important to note it is a cash only establishment with no onsite ATM.

    I didn’t have quite as hard a time getting there though, I took the red line, then a bus, and only walked about 4-5 blocks.

    • January 12, 2012 7:44 pm

      Good point about the cash only, I totally forgot about that. That ginger rabbit dog sounds AMAZING! I definitely would have gotten that one – I love how much the menu is constantly changing! Would be very very dangerous if I lived in Chicago.


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