Hot Doug’s – Hot Dogs Worth Waiting For

Regular hot dogs, I’m not much of a fan.  Gourmet hot dogs on the other hand, count me in.  My trip to Hot Doug’s last season showed me the great eats that Chicago has to offer, and makes me wonder why I never took the opportunity to visit the city years ago.  Well, I’m a Chicago resident now, and my list of restaurants to dine at just keeps on growing.

My friend actually suggested we go to Hot Doug’s. He had seen it featured on television and was probably on his bucket list on places to visit.  He had told me about the Foie Gras Duck Sausage Hot Dog and I was immediately sold.  Upon driving up to the establishment, I saw a small line and told my friends that the line wasn’t that bad…that was until I drove past the place and saw a line wrapping around the building.  Everyone in line had to have been crazy to wait so long.  The line and the cold was rather intimidating, but we sucked it up, parked the car, and headed out to join the crazies.  By the second hour, hot dogs was the last thing on my mind, I just wanted to get inside to warm up!

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The Chicago Style Hot Dog – Wholesome just like any other Chicago Hot Dog from other places.  I didn’t come here for this, but I made my friends from New Jersey get one.  How can you go to Chicago and not have a Chicago Hot Dog?

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Sweet and Savory Rattlesnake Sausage with Berry-Rum Sauce and Serendipity Cheese – What can I say?  The rattlesnake could have been chicken for all I knew.

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Antelope Sausage with Roasted Garlic Mustard and Goat Cheese – This was the special of the week.  The goat cheese and the sauce complimented the gaminess of the antelope really well.

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Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel – Although I do have aversion towards how foie gras is made, I just couldn’t resist.  This oen was my favorite of the day

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Duck Fat Fries – Served only on weekends and it seemed to be what everyone else was ordering with their hot dogs.  Sadly to say, these were rather disappointing.  They were not crispy and tasted stale.  Perhaps they were under the heat lamp for an extended period of time?

Shortly after eating all the food, my friend told me that it was worth the wait.  I had to agree, and so do my fellow Chicagoans.  Hot Doug’s is the winner of Time Out Chicago’s 2010 Eat Out Awards, Reader’s Choice – Most Worth The Wait

Hot Doug’s
3324 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 279-9550

Food (Out of 5)
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Ambiance (Out of 5)
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Service (Out of 5)
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Price (out of 4): $

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