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HOT Doug's

A Chicago-based restaurant, specializing in hot dogs and other encased meats.

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The Unforgettable Hot Dog!

  • Dec 3, 2009
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If you've never tried a Chicago-style hot dog you're in for a real treat.  I discovered Hot Doug's 4 years ago and it has been my signature place ever since.  I love bringing friends from out of town to try their incredible Chicago-style hot dogs.  It's known for it's incredible flavors, oodles of spices, and you can find sausages loaded with exotic cheeses. I'm a cheese fanatic, so I love it when it's piled on with cheeses like: maple-smoked cheddar, creme de brie, 12 month manchego, and ricotta cheese, the list goes on.

Some of my favorite items are the Ribeye Steak Sausage (it's filled with Chimichurri, Crispy Fried Onions, and Oregon Smoked Blue Cheese).  Their Italian Sausage, aka "The Frankie", is another one of my favorites, I usually add extra giardiniera and crisp pickles with it.  It's a decent price for these gourmet foods, $2.50-$6.  And on weekends, they sell the duckfat fries, it's incomparable to any fries I've ever tried.  It's a real big hit in the city and usually there's a line to order.  But once you try them, you'll crave them and wanting more! I've been hooked on it for 4 years.

You can also look up their daily specials of the day at http://hotdougs.com.  It's located on 3324 N. California, Chicago, IL.
Truly the best Chicago-style Hot Dog around! Truly the best Chicago-style Hot Dog around! Truly the best Chicago-style Hot Dog around!

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December 03, 2009
Love Hotdogs! Here in SF, they sell some Nathan's packed hotdogs but nothing beats the real good stuff from the windy city! Ribeye steak sausage? I am so going there...you're making me hungry!!
December 03, 2009
When I'm in the area, I have to drive by it really fast, otherwise I'll surely stop and pick some up. They also have amazing tater tots, so hard to resist!
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Quick Tip by . December 03, 2009
I've only been to this place twice, but I will never forget my time there. Simply the best dogs EVER.
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Hot Doug's is a Chicago-based restaurant, specializing in hot dogs and other encased meats. The self-proclaimed "Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium" is in its second location at 3324 North California Avenue in the city's Avondale neighborhood. Its first location, on Roscoe Street, closed after a 2004 fire.

Hot Doug's features a diverse and rotating menu that includes the traditional Chicago dog, to more exotic items such as the "Game of the Week", a rotating selection of game-animal sausages. The menu also features several specials that rotate over time. Some specials that have been featured include Calvados Infused Duck Sausage with Apple Mustard; Beef and Lamb Gyros Sausage with Artichoke Tzatziki, Kalamata Olives and Feta Cheese; and White Wine and Dijon Rabbit Sausage with Sauce Moutarde and Tilsiter Cheese. The restaurant's purveyor and head chef, Doug Sohn, has been mentioned in the Chicago media alongside well-known culinary personalities, like James Beard and Rick Bayless, for his work to create affordable gourmet food.

Hot Doug's won a 2006 Good Eating award from the Chicago Tribune, which noted the restaurant's "cult status" among hot dog aficionados. Hot Doug's has been featured as a Critics Pick on CBS, NBC, ABC, and the Travel Channel. He has also been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Bon Appetit, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Times, Time Out Chicago and many other publications. Hot Doug's is highly rated by The ...
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