Monthly Archive: November 2013

Wednesday

27

November 2013

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Windy City Blogger Happy Hour!

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Happy {almost} Thanksgiving! In addition to wishing everyone safe travels and a happy holiday, I wanted to let any Chicago bloggers out there know about an upcoming blogger meet-up! Next Monday I’m co-hosting a blogger happy hour along with a few fantastic Chicago blogging friends -Blair from The Fox and She, Christine from The View From 5 ft 2, Erin from Color Me Styled and Daily E, and Kit from The Kittchen.

One thing I’ve learned from blogging is that bloggers LOVE to meet other bloggers, so come on out to Old 5th in the West Loop next Monday at 6:30pm and say hello!

Chicago Blogger Happy Hour

Monday

25

November 2013

1

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Hot Doug’s

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I finally, FINALLY made it over Chicago’s infamous Hot Doug’s to sample some of their gourmet hot dogs. If Anthony Bourdain says it’s one of the 13 places you should eat before you die AND I live just 2 miles away….well, there’s really no excuse. Mike and I headed over around 2pm on a Friday 1) to avoid the lunchtime crowds and 2) because Fridays and Saturdays are the only days you can get DUCK FAT FRIES!! Spoiler: they’re really, really good! We showed up, pondered over our order the entire 20 or so minutes we were in line, ended on 4 dogs and an order of duck fat fries, put in our order with Doug himself (Cash only!), found a table in the corner, and anxiously awaited the arrival of our encased meats.

Hot Doug's

Hot Doug's hours

 

Hot Doug's menu

Hot Doug's Duck fat fries, Celebrity Sausage, and Game of the Week

Hot Doug's

Hot Doug's

As I said, we ordered 4 hot dogs along with an order of duck fat fries. I would’ve ordered more because it was so hard to choose (um hello curry-coconut mustard!), but out of fear of looking like a total glutton I restrained myself. Next time though, next time. We ordered The Sonoran Dog, the Saucisson Alsacienne, the Foie Gras dog, and the Mozzarella and Bell Pepper Chicken Sausage. Mike was really lobbying for the Game of the Week, the Rattlesnake dog, and although it did sound like it could be good I just couldn’t get on board. Again, next time.

All the hot dogs we ordered were so different but great in their own ways. The Sonoran spicy, the Foie Gras rich and truffle-y, and the others just totally unique and delicious. I will say that the Foie Gras dog doesn’t look all that enticing…but trust me, looks are deceiving when it comes to this ducky dog. Oh..and the fries…can I just say that more people need to do duck fat fries! Salty fried potato goodness…yum.

Hot Doug's soda

Hot Doug's

Hot Doug's Sonoran Dog

The Sonoran Dog: Jalapeño and Cheddar Beef Hot Dog with Jalapeño Mayonnaise, Jalapeño Bacon, Pinto Beans, Tomatoes, and Onions

Hot Doug's

Saucisson Alsacienne: Bacon Sausage with Roasted Garlic Mustard Cream, Caramelized Onions and Montboissie Cheese

Hot Doug's Foie Gras

Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse, and Fleur de Sel

Hot Doug's

Mozzarella and Bell Pepper Chicken Sausage with Vodka Cream Marinara and Burrata Cheese

Bottom line: I don’t think there is anywhere that you will find such an awesome variety of hot dogs and sausages with such unique and high quality ingredients as you will here at Hot Doug’s. Yes, the lines can be intimidating…but plan ahead, go at an off hour, and you’ll be just fine. I recommend going with a group that likes to share because then you get to try more of these brilliant creations…and you don’t have to make those tough decisions of which dog to cut from your order!

Thursday

21

November 2013

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The Dawson

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A few weeks ago my friends Kit, Windy City Epicurean, Laura, and I headed over to The Dawson, one of the latest and greatest additions to the Chicago restaurant scene.

The Dawson

As soon as I walked through the giant wooden door into the glass atrium reception area, I knew The Dawson and I were going to become quick friends. This spot, at the River West six corners intersection of Halsted, Grand, and Milwaukee, was once owned by the Dawson Brothers, manufacturers of fireplace mantels in the late 1800’s. Co-owners Billy Lawless (The Gage, Henri) and Branko Palikuca (Amber, Topaz) have done a great job of keeping a small piece of the location’s history alive in the rustic, relaxed atmosphere of The Dawson.

The Dawson

The Dawson

The Dawson

The Dawson

As soon as we were seated cocktails were our first order of business. GM Clint Rogers stopped by our table and recommended one of his additions to the menu-the Luchini. Three of us went with Clint’s suggestion and we were very happy we did. The Luchini incorporates their house-made cherry phosphate soda with Cynar Amaro, Luxardo Apertivo, and Carpano Antica (sweet vermouth) and the result is one amazing cocktail! We also each ordered one of their daily jello shots and I know what you’re thinking, no we weren’t pretending we were back in college! The Dawson takes jello shots to a whole new level-they’re not just for frat parties anymore!

The Luchini

The Luchini

The grown-up jello shot

The grown-up jello shot

Drinks in hand, we were ready to order! We all wanted to try as many dishes as possible so we ordered a bunch and shared. We started with a beautiful charcuterie board along with the pickled onion rings, crispy pork tacos, pozole, and smoked beef tongue sliders. We enjoyed each dish but the tacos were the hands-down favorite of our group. Do yourself a favor and enjoy an order of these all to yourself…after the first bite you won’t want to share!

The Dawson

Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie Board

Pickled Onion Rings

Pickled Onion Rings

Pozole

Pozole

Crispy Pork Tacos

Crispy Pork Tacos

Smoked Beef Tongue Sliders

Smoked Beef Tongue Sliders

After finishing off these smaller plates we moved on to the main events-the Chicken Fried NY Strip Steak and the Wood Grilled Burger. It’s not very often that you find a chicken fried NY strip…and this one was delicious!

Chicken Fried NY Strip

Chicken Fried NY Strip

Wood Grilled Burger, Fries

Wood Grilled Burger, Fries

At this point we were all pretty stuffed but we just couldn’t say no to trying a couple sweet treats. We tried both their funnel cake and the gin and citrus dessert-both good but my vote went to the funnel cake.

Gin and Citrus: lemon curd, almond divinity, "gin" syrup

Gin and Citrus: lemon curd, almond divinity, “gin” syrup

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake

Just this week news broke that the original head chef Rene De Leon has left The Dawson and sous chef Patrick Russ will now be taking his place. I’m not sure if that means the menu will see some changes or not but regardless, you’ll be in good hands and good company at The Dawson!

 

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