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Hot Doug's

3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL - (773) 279-9550
Posted By Rocky Enfield on 6/27/2011 10:49:00 AM
I have had the distinct pleasure of eating at Hot Doug's and would do so again in a heartbeat. The encased meats are so far above average it is hard to imagine. While my wife and I had to stand in line for an hour and fifteen minutes just to order, the wait was definitely worth it.

I had the duck sausage with foie gras and a smoked sausage with kraut. Kathy had an elk sausage with artisan cheese cubes on top. We also enjoyed the fries cooked in duck fat. The flavors meld in such a way that it completely elevates the "hot dog experience." These are definitely NOT your standard supermarket dogs.

Waiting in line is an experience by itself. The people are all, by and large, in a good mood and accept the wait as a part of the ritual. The one thing I would warn against is taking a taxi to Hot Doug's. We stayed on the "Mag Mile" and the cost of a taxi is $20 one-way. I would happily go again but I would drive next time.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Served only on Friday and Saturdays, these freshly cut fries are cooked in rendered duck fat.
"Served only on Friday and Saturdays, these freshly cut fries are cooked in rendered duck fat."
Stephen Rushmore





A selection of hot dogs and sausages ready to be consumed by a couple.
"A selection of hot dogs and sausages ready to be consumed by a couple."
Stephen Rushmore


The foie gras and duck sausage is Hot Doug's signature and once infamous dish. The four round slices of fois gras pate is served atop sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli, foie gras mousse and sea salt.  It is a creamy, rich, and slightly gamey combination.
"The foie gras and duck sausage is Hot Doug's signature and once infamous dish. The four round slices of fois gras pate is served atop sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli, foie gras mousse and sea salt. It is a creamy, rich, and slightly gamey combination."
Stephen Rushmore


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A relaxed and humorous Doug.
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A bright and vibrant interior setting.
"A bright and vibrant interior setting. "
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The menu board has a variety of weekly specials.
"The menu board has a variety of weekly specials."
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Many different cooking and topping options available.
"Many different cooking and topping options available."
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The womens room signage.
"The womens room signage."
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The mens room signage.
"The mens room signage."
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A small sample of the hot dog paraphernalia and awards found throughout the eatery.
"A small sample of the hot dog paraphernalia and awards found throughout the eatery."
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Just about everyone orders  duck fat fries when it is served.
"Just about everyone orders duck fat fries when it is served."
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"Jamaican Jerk Pork Sausage with Prickly pear mayonnaise, Chipotle cheddar cheese and fried plantains"
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Located on the corner of a brick building.
"Located on the corner of a brick building."
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Doug Sohn, the owner and order taker, takes everyone's order and then announces it to his cooking crew.
"Doug Sohn, the owner and order taker, takes everyone's order and then announces it to his cooking crew."
Stephen Rushmore


Various grilled sausages.
"Various grilled sausages."
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