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.
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.
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!