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Hot Doug's

3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
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  • Hot Doug's
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    5 Dec 27, 2013

    Where to find Chi-town’s best fries? At its favorite sausage superstore, of course, where hefty portions of thin, freshly cut fries come in three distinct varieties: standard, smothered in cheese, and with duck fat—the last option so decadent that it’s available only Fridays and Saturdays. It’s worth battling the eatery’s strange hours and long lines for a sampling. And if you’ve got four wheels, detour over to Gene & Jude’s Red Hot Stand for a fries comparison. At this old-school roadside joint, the dogs come piled high with tons of crispy, fresh-cut fries—just the way your taste buds intended.

    —Laura Kiniry

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    Gregory B. Schlough
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    5 Jan 20, 2014

    Hot Doug's is everything encased meats and one of the best places to get a Chicago hot dog. Truly a Chicago favorite as the city adorns its meats and fried foods. Doug, the owner, seems to always be working and he is huge celebrity to the city.

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    Kevin Cheng
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    5 May 04, 2013

    It's pretty amazing how many kinds sausage and hotdogs they've got under one roof, and of course there's fries, cheese fries, and finally, duck fat fries on the weekends.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Nov 24, 2013

    Amazing artisan encased meats and every order taken personally by Doug himself. There's usually a long line, but it's worth it. The duck fat fries are amazing.

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    5 May 10, 2012
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    Sara Benson
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    5 Jun 18, 2014

    A Chicago institution, but it's going to be closing on October 3, 2014. Go there before it's gone! This corner hot dog shop owned by a die-hard Cubs fan takes hot dogs to the next gourmet level with wild game, berries, nuts, cheeses and all sorts of unexpectedly awesome flavor combinations. Don't be surprised to see a line outside and wrapped around the corner at this super-popular spot.

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    Lauren Monitz
    3 Dec 27, 2012

    Overhyped... I just can't justify waiting an hour for a hot dog (even if it has an insane amount of foie gras on it)... you'll be just as happy at Portillo's.

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    Pamela Schreckengost
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    5 Dec 01, 2013

    You may have a long wait but, it is worth it. Great staff. A great Sausage! So many to Choose from!

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    Lisa Lubin
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    A Chicago institution. Doug is a trained culinary chef...not just a dog maker. But he creates unique dogs with flair...fois gras, special toppings, duck fat fries, etc. Long lines are expected and it's off the beaten path. You won't regret a visit!

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    Nimesh Pathak
    5 Nov 29, 2013

    Really unique menu with very elaborately conceived hot dogs/toppings. Be prepared to wait a while though. Gotta try the duck fat fries (only available on fridays?)

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    Bernard Moon
    5 Dec 24, 2013

    Is there a better hot dog(s) in the best hot dog city in the world? NO.

    Last time I went to Hot Doug's I ordered four dogs... wait, that's every time I go to Hot Doug's :) I would recommend trying their game meat dogs. Life is short... eat through it.

    And their duck fat fries kick ass! Go, Doug!

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  • Hot Doug's
    Ling Huynh
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    5 Jan 16, 2014

    DEFINITELY a spot to come to when you're in Chicago. I wouldn't miss it and yes, we did wait about an hour and a half and were out in about 20 minutes. Was it worth it? Hells yes it was.

    The owner Doug was SUPER nice and even advised us to get the small soda when we ordered a large because we were dining in and there were free refills. hahaha. Cool!

    A lot of reviews said the Salma Hayek wasn't spicy at all so we didn't get that. We went with the Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel and the Cheesy Atomic Bomb (I think that's what it was called).

    The foie gras was AH-mazing. I would never have thought to put the two together, but it works. However, it's super rich and almost half way through, I was done.

    The Cheesy atomic dog came with a spicy pork sausage topped with cheddar cheese. OMG. This was SO good too. It had a great kick of spice and tasted really rich and creamy too. YUM YUM.

    I wouldn't really call Hot Doug's a "hot dog" place only because when I think of hot dogs, I think of those processed, white, unappetizing Vienna sausages that they slap in a very sad looking bun. I mean, they DO have the regular Chicago dog here with that type of thing, but why when you can get a pork sausage or duck sausage or a mix of buffalo and elk?

    Next time I'm in Chicago, you'll be sure to find me here again and earlier in line. We got here 15 min after they opened on a Saturday morning and still waited 1.5 hrs!! Insane. The things I do for food.

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    Gigi Lai
    5 Aug 01, 2012

    So creative, worth the wait!

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    Little Edie
    5 Jul 24, 2012

    Go on Friday or Saturday for duck fat fries to accompany your game dog.

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    5 Apr 25, 2011
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    5 Jan 26, 2013
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    5 Dec 01, 2011
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5.0 out of 5
18 members' reviews
2,373 people visited Hot Doug's
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    Lunch Mon.-Sat.
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    (773) 279-9550

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