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Hot Doug's

Hot Doug's

(Now Closed)
Hot Dog Joint · Northwest Side
3324 N California Ave (at Roscoe St), Chicago, IL 60618, United States
Price:
$$$$
Menus:
Lunch
Credit Cards:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
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  • Marco G.
    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
    Marco G · September 6, 2014
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  • Broidy
    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.
    Broidy · September 13, 2013
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  • Joseph M.
    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.
    Joseph Money · July 21, 2014
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  • Serious Eats
    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
    Serious Eats · September 26, 2011
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  • Time Out Chicago
    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
    Time Out Chicago · May 25, 2012
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  • Chicago Tribune
    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
    Chicago Tribune · June 26, 2012
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  • Don R.
    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!
    Don R · July 29, 2013
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  • Bravo
    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
    Bravo · January 27, 2010
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  • Elaine L.
    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
    Elaine Libiano · February 21, 2012
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  • Dianna H.
    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!
    Dianna Hunter · December 6, 2011
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  • Men's Health Mag
    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.
    Men's Health Mag · July 10, 2012
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  • Time Out Chicago
    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.
    Time Out Chicago · June 4, 2012
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  • Men's Health Mag
    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.
    Men's Health Mag · July 10, 2012
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  • Dan O.
    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
    Dan O · July 4, 2011
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  • Jennifer F.
    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.
    Jennifer F · November 2, 2012
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  • Andrea B.
    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?
    Andrea Belter · September 29, 2010
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  • The Local Tourist
    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!
    The Local Tourist · March 1, 2010
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  • Explore Chicago
    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
    Explore Chicago · January 29, 2010
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  • Sarah C.
    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
    Sarah Chang · September 23, 2014
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  • Chris S.
    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
    Chris Snelling · March 13, 2010
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  • Lisa W.
    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!
    Lisa W · May 13, 2012
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  • Serious Eats
    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 · April 26, 2013
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  • venessa t.
    Family factor: Avoid the busy times, or you'll be waiting in line forever and you're kids will be very unhappy. Go at 10:30 or after 2. They close for almost every holiday so check hours.
    venessa tarbell · November 17, 2011
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  • Time Out Chicago
    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
    Time Out Chicago · September 17, 2010
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  • RCRD LBL
    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.
    RCRD LBL · June 29, 2011
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  • David D.
    The food might be great...but I would not know. You must have cash to eat here and the closest atm is a 10 minute walk. Not allowing guests to purchase your product with a card is pure pretention.
    David Derrick · May 18, 2011
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  • Christopher M.
    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.
    Christopher Mariano · December 21, 2012
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  • Jake S.
    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.
    Jake Smith · May 6, 2013
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  • Diego R.
    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
    Diego Rufo · March 29, 2011
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  • Travel Channel
    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.
    Travel Channel · December 7, 2010
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  • The Feast
    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.
    The Feast · June 9, 2011
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  • Sean Y.
    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!
    Sean Young · July 7, 2013
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  • Sheena
    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!
    Sheena · June 19, 2011
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  • Yosh25
    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!
    Yosh25 · July 12, 2009
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  • Raksha R.
    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.
    Raksha Ravikumar · May 17, 2014
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  • Anamaria H.
    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.
    Anamaria Hernandez · September 21, 2014
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  • Mark B.
    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!
    Mark B · June 27, 2010
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  • Kelli S.
    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.
    Kelli Sullivan · November 17, 2013
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  • @ShawnyP23
    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
    @ShawnyP23 · February 16, 2013
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  • Ghostly International
    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.
    Ghostly International · August 8, 2011
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  • Epicurious
    Sure, you could order a classic beef frank with relish, but with odd, intriguing menu items like goji-berry pheasant sausage with jerk mayonnaise & cheese-stuffed sweet peppers, how could you resist?
    Epicurious · August 24, 2010
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  • Garrett K.
    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
    Garrett Kern · February 7, 2010
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  • Explore Chicago
    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
    Explore Chicago · January 29, 2010
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  • bella d.
    The only difference I found between the duck fat fries and reg fries is that duck fat fries were dry and over cooked. I don't understand. Dogs were awesome, though.. no doubt.
    bella dichoso · September 21, 2013
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  • Eater
    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]
    Eater · July 9, 2013
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  • GourmetLive
    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.”
    GourmetLive · September 2, 2011
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  • Michael S.
    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.
    Michael Sheehan · February 28, 2012
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  • Maaya Y.
    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!!
    Maaya Yamauchi · October 16, 2013
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  • Bravo
    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
    Bravo · January 27, 2010
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  • David S.
    Without a doubt one of Chicago's best and most unique restaurants. Wait in the line and order more than you think you need.
    David Strasser · July 4, 2014
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