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Hot Doug's

Hot Doug's

(Now Closed)
Hot Dog Joint$$$$
Northwest Side, Chicago
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  • Marco G.
    Marco GSeptember 6, 2014
    Order in a tapas style if you go with a big group. Duck fat fries are a must however the Foie Gras isn't for everyone. The Dog and Bo Derek were my fav along with the special BBQ Dog
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 26, 2013
    Hot Doug's might be the best sausage shop in America, so plan accordingly. Show up early, enjoy the wait, and look forward to chatting with Doug about your encased meat of choice.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 26, 2011
    Order Duck Fat Fries. They are only served on Fridays and Saturdays and people line up for hours to get them.The distinct flavor of the duck fat adds a dimension to the starch of the fresh potatoes. Read more
  • Broidy
    BroidySeptember 13, 2013
    Went on Thursday at noon and only had a 5 minute wait. Get the foie gras duck sausage! The jalapeño one was great too. If eating in, no need to wait at the counter, they'll come around and find you.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChangSeptember 23, 2014
    Big fan of the Everything on the normal dogs. Celebrity special and foie gras also quite good. Come at 9:30 and save yourself 2 hours in the line
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MoneyJuly 21, 2014
    Fantastic hot dogs! But they close for good on October 3rd, so don't miss them. Get there well before they open, you can wait multiple hours to get seated if you wait until midday to arrive.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LibianoFebruary 21, 2012
    Without a doubt, the best hot dog spot in Chicago =) my faves are the Anna Kendrick (fire dog, nice & spicy) & the Elvis (best polish sausage EVER) I promise you won't regret waiting if there's a line
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 25, 2012
    Doug has veggie dogs for vegetarians, bagel dogs for kids and specialities for the highbrow hot doggers. But his famous duck-fat fries are only for customers who come out on Fridays and Saturdays.-ASK Read more
  • Don R.
    Don RJuly 29, 2013
    Quite possibly the most fun dining experience I've had in years. Fun atmosphere, service and the food is unbelievably tasty. The Chicago Hot Dog and the Fois Gras dog were both amazingly delicious!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Doug has veggie dogs for vegetarians, bagel dogs for kids and specialities for the highbrow hot doggers. But his famous duck-fat fries are only for customers who come out on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 26, 2012
    With up to 18 choices offered on any given day, deciding can be daunting. Options include rabbit, boar, pheasant, duck and kangaroo -- as well as your basic char dog and polish. Add duck fat fries! Read more
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Foie gras dog. Try it at least once, so rich and decadent. Always get a corn dog on the side, at that price you can't beat it. If you go right as they open on a week day, no line!
  • Dianna H.
    Dianna HunterDecember 6, 2011
    BEST in the city. Great staff & unreal menur. Rattlesnake anyone? I've heard fabulous things about the duck-fat fries. My big thrill is that they have Tater-Tots! Doug, himself, is a great guy too!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 10, 2012
    Order a foie gras and sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli, foie gras mousse, and fleur de sel. The result is a meaty, creamy, rich blast of flavor that never disappoints. It's a cult classic.
  • Jennifer F.
    Jennifer FNovember 2, 2012
    Absolutely worth waiting in line... Fantastic Service & Amazing Food! (Not sure what topping to add to your sausage? Ask Doug! He won't steer you wrong!) This is now my favorite place in Chicago.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    You can’t be a hot dog lover and not try this "encased meat ." With over 20 types of different combinations, you’ll die from a heart attack, but you’ll die happy. The last time I was there, I ate 11
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 10, 2012
    Order a foie gras and sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli, foie gras mousse and fleur de sel. The result is a meaty, creamy, rich blast of flavor that never disappoints. It's a cult classic.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 9, 2013
    There's little doubt that Hot Doug's is the preeminent hot dog and "sausage superstore" in Chicago, perhaps even the country and world. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BelterSeptember 29, 2010
    AMAZING!! Got a classic Chicago dog and the lamb sausage, both were delicious! Duck fat fries are worth getting for sure. Also, they have green river and dog n suds pop. What more could you want?
  • Dan O.
    Dan OJuly 4, 2011
    Serious sausage joint. Always changing daily specials. He uses meats that are rare, but taste awesome. Check out the website daily. They close @ 430 everyday and the line is down the block, but worth Read more
  • The Local Tourist
    The Local TouristMarch 1, 2010
    1. Bring cash.2. Bring friends. You will need them to talk to while waiting in line3. Share with these friends. Then you can try more.4. Don't tell any more friends. Those lines are long enough!
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    A Chicago-style dog is a steamed beef hot dog with yellow mustard, bright green relish, onions, tomato wedges, pickles, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt, served in a steamed poppy seed bun. Read more
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezSeptember 21, 2014
    Tried 6 and I recommend the Foie Gras, the Alligator, and the Rattlesnake. 6 hot dogs cut in 2 worked well for 2 hungry girls.
    RCRD LBLJune 29, 2011
    When we're in town for a show or festival, we always make sure to stop by this encased meat joint (try to be here on Friday or Saturday for the duck fat fries). Best dogs in the city.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 17, 2010
    Laden encased meats like foie gras and Sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli, foie gras mousse and fleur de sel. For those, my friends, you still have to bide your time on the sidewalk. Read more
  • Chris S.
    Chris SnellingMarch 13, 2010
    Got the duck fat fries (pretty tasty) and the Salma Hayek (andouille sausage -- super tasty) and a regular dog. Stayed in line for an hour, but didn't seem that long. Foie gras next time. Delicious! Read more
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MarianoDecember 21, 2012
    If you were ever to make a pilgrimage for encased meats & fries fried in rendered duck fat, this is the Mecca. Come hungry & definitely be ready to wait in line. Cash only, friends.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 7, 2010
    If you want a more “exotic” hot dog, come here for hot dogs made with rattlesnake or kangaroo. Try the "Mountain Man," a sausage made of antelope, elk, buffalo and reindeer meat.
  • @ShawnyP23
    @ShawnyP23February 16, 2013
    Incomparable hot dog and sausage quality. Some of the best this country has to offer. Well worth the wait, experience it yourself!!! A+ 10/10
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 6, 2013
    Trust me: You're not ready to order when you get to the door. You think you're ready, but then you see the 10 various specials of the day and you have to start thinking all over again.
  • Sheena
    SheenaJune 19, 2011
    Duck sausage w/foie gras. Freaking yum. Best fountain pop: coke, cherry coke, root beer and pib! Ive had luck w/min-no line around 230-3 on weekdays. Don't forget cash!
  • Maaya Y.
    Maaya YamauchiOctober 16, 2013
    There's going to be a long wait don't leave!! Stay because it's definitely worth it! I loved the norm crosby and cheese fries!!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 29, 2011
    you've got to at least attempt some of the more adventurous menu items such as Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, or the duck fat fries on Fri. and Sat. Read more
  • Sean Y.
    Sean YoungJuly 7, 2013
    The normal hot dog was fine but get the specialty dogs. Also, I think the duck fat fries were not as great as the tips suggest. Get an extra specialty dog instead of the fries!
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Hot dogs and sausages, of course. Any style without ketchup. Fried and cooked in duck fat. Friday's and Saturday's a must. -Roy Yamaguchi, Top Chef
  • Yosh25
    Yosh25July 12, 2009
    Go early to avoid the long lines. But it is worth it either way. Everything is amazing and the service is great. Fri/Sat. is fries fried in rendered duck fat. Do Not Miss!
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SullivanNovember 17, 2013
    The hype is real. Make sure you take advantage of the samples. Although there is most likely to be a line, it is worth the wait. A must-do for a Chicagoan.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Chicago is known for its hot dogs, but Hot Doug's is a cult classic known for its "encased meats." The only hot dog stand that generates lines year-round for delicious meats and duck fat fries.
  • David S.
    David StrasserJuly 4, 2014
    Without a doubt one of Chicago's best and most unique restaurants. Wait in the line and order more than you think you need.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BJune 27, 2010
    Cash only! Make sure to go during weekend to try the duck fat fries. To skip lines go during the week, as they can get really long. They also serve Green River soda!
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveSeptember 2, 2011
    Food blogger Jessica Ashley says, “Whatever delicious hot dog or sausage you choose, be sure to get a side of duck–fat fries and say hello to Doug at the counter.”
  • Raksha R.
    Raksha RavikumarMay 17, 2014
    I spent 4 hrs of my life on Hot Doug's and regret nothing even though it was 37 degrees in May. L: grilled Paul Simonon w/Portuguese Linguiça toppings. R: fried/grilled Paul Simonon w/everything.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    When visiting this self-proclaimed ‘encased meat emporium’, be sure to sample Hot Doug’s other ‘haute cuisine’ treats, like fois gras mousse and the duck-fat fries. Read more
  • Michael S.
    Michael SheehanFebruary 28, 2012
    We hit this place at noon on a Tuesday and zipped through. BTW, listen to the people at the counter. They know what's the best way to have your sausage.
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HackertSeptember 12, 2013
    Simply awesome hot dogs beware they will be closed 9/23/2013---10/08/2013 get your duck fat deep fried French fries before they go on vacation !!!
  • Mark M.
    Mark M.September 8, 2012
    The wait in the line is not bad with great weather... The foie gras hotdog is simply the best and the duck fried fries is just sensational!
  • Garrett K.
    Garrett KernFebruary 7, 2010
    It might not look like it from the outside or inside but this is one of Bon Appetit's 50 best restaurants in the world. Simple buy incredibly well executed concept
  • Michael F.
    Michael FoehseOctober 16, 2012
    Just relax and let the sausage pick you. Amazing what these guys can do with encased meats. A Chi-Town must that is worth the wait!
  • Ghostly International
    Ghostly InternationalAugust 8, 2011
    More than just hot dogs. Rare wild game, intensely flavorful encased meats and toppings. Fridays and Saturdays for duck fat french fries, and get one of the specials. Awesome.
  • Simon & Schuster M.
    Simon & Schuster ManagerNovember 7, 2011
    @MayorEmanuel says it's simply the best hot dogs and sausage you will eat anywhere served up by Doug himself, the living embodiment of awesome.
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