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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 GuzmanSeptember 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LibianoFebruary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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]
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • @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
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MarianoDecember 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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 !!!
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NewmanAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    By far the best hot dog, sausage, corn dog and 3 hour line experience you'll ever have. Enjoy it while you still can.
  • 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!
  • nicole c.
    nicole cylkowskiJanuary 23, 2013
    Duck fat fries are amazing!! Love the Foie gras hot dog and The Atomic Bomb is not for those afraid of a little heat... love this place!
  • Polo T.
    Polo TranAugust 12, 2014
    Come here before they close for good! Cash only, their specialty dogs are AWESOME.
  • 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.
  • Jennie
    JennieAugust 28, 2013
    Gourmet hot dogs... foie gras + sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli!! The smoked pork + beef knockwurst was also good.
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SosaOctober 14, 2013
    It ended up being more than an hour wait.. Worth every freakin minute.. Every hot dog was amazing #hotdougs #hotdogs #chicago #chicagocheers
  • Alex D.
    Alex D.April 16, 2013
    Amazing dogs and a great space. Check out the timeline in the back, "Critical Links - A History of Encased Meats." Brilliant!
  • venessa t.
    venessa tarbellNovember 17, 2011
    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.
  • 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.
  • Suzanne B.
    Suzanne BeckmanJuly 24, 2013
    Awesome hot dogs and sausages. Try a specialty one and either the char dog or Elvis. And, remember, cash only!!
  • Joe L.
    Joe LunaOctober 16, 2012
    Can't go wrong with this place. As a New Yorker it's hard for me to admit it, but this is by far way better than Nathan's in Coney Island
  • 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
  • Joe D.
    Joe DixAugust 7, 2014
    Get there before October because they are closing for good. Be prepared to stand in line but it is sooo worth it!
  • Aaron E.
    Aaron Enequist-LeikerAugust 31, 2012
    Try the Duck Foie Gras Sausage - Yes, it has become cliche, but this Foie Gras duck sausage is friggin' amazing!
  • 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
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenSeptember 29, 2014
    Last day. Ordered 8 different things with my lunch partner. Loved 5, liked 2, only 1 that I didn't enjoy. Those are some good odds. Glad we made the trek/wait before it closes at the end of the week.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MichelsonSeptember 10, 2011
    Get here early. Usually I'm here an hour to an hour and a half before opening. Also, get the duck fat fries. You WILL regret it if you don't!
  • Joy C.
    Joy ChenJuly 13, 2013
    Reward yourself after your hour long wait with the foie gras duck sausage. The artery blockage is worth it.
  • 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
    ChristopherSeptember 23, 2014
    It's the second to last week, expect lines for your hot dogs, even at 9am on Tuesday.
  • 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!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillSeptember 27, 2014
    The "Duck Fat" fries are a must. Can't go wrong with the special dog of the day.
  • Allan C.
    Allan CAugust 2, 2013
    Yum! Get the Dog with everything and try the specialty sausage. Worth the wait in line.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    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?
  • John H.
    John HildebrandMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    I eat here 4 or more days a week. The sausages are that good and there's always something new to try.
  • Tony j.
    Tony jordanDecember 16, 2011
    The sausage was amazing but the duck fat fries on friday or saturday make the trip worth eating here incredible
    USA TODAYAugust 5, 2013
    Make sure to visit on Fridays or Saturdays, when they use duck fat to make French fries. Read more
  • Joe M.
    Joe MathieuMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Simply the best selection in sausages anywhere. Doug has himself a fine Chicago institution that's worth the often hour-plus wait.
  • 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
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SosaOctober 14, 2013
    It ended up being more than an hour wait.. Worth every freakish minute.. Every hot dog was amazing #hotdougs #hotdogs #chicago #chicagocheers
  • Bennuworld
    BennuworldMay 7, 2013
    Tried the yak sausage special. The pork cracklings topping made this the bomb!
  • John H.
    John HildebrandFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't miss the 40-sausage chili. Each mouthful is wonderfully different. Noah's Ark in a bowl!
  • Twylla S.
    Twylla SeniffMarch 26, 2013
    Teuben is my all-time favorite. I believe you can never go wrong with the game of the week! I love you Doug!
  • Ron K.
    Ron KohudicAugust 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get in line by 4:00 and you'll still get served. Get there after 4 and you're out of luck, my friend.
  • Poebe M.
    Poebe MossMay 30, 2014
    Definitely worth waiting for. They don't take debit but they will do delicious.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    Go on the weekend to get the duck fat fries. Be prepared to wait in line though.
  • 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
  • John T.
    John ThurmondMarch 22, 2013
    Can't ever go wrong with a Polish Maxwell Style (and, yes, *with* the hot peppers).
  • David D.
    David DerrickMay 18, 2011
    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.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LesterJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The duck fat fries are worth trying if you haven't had them, but aren't necessarily better than their regular fries.
  • Terrence
    TerrenceNovember 2, 2012
    the line moves at a decent pace. plus, the owner is super friendly when you order
  • James M.
    James MasonJanuary 27, 2012
    This place is the shit! I came in with $15 worth of gift certificates. My order came to 12.75. They rounded it to 10 and let me keep the last $5 certificate for my next visit.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2011
    Duck fat fries and encased meats? Somewhat of a no brainer. That 30-minute-plus wait every time? Totally worth it. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Les S.
    Les StraussMarch 15, 2011
    The shrimp and pork hot dog is amazing and If u get the fries make sure to get cheese on top!
  • Chidu C.
    Chidu ChidambaramAugust 26, 2013
    One of the best hotdog place in the us . The queue and wait time is long .
  • K. K.
    K. K.May 7, 2014
    Hot Doug's, is closing permanently on Oct. 3, owner Doug Sohn confirmed today (May 7, 2014). Get in here while you can!
  • Mikey B.
    Mikey BonifacioApril 23, 2012
    Rattlesnake!! Foie gras is good too, but definitely stick with the specials. Cash only
  • 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
  • Carla H.
    Carla HamSeptember 19, 2013
    "The next time you get a craving for an exotic hot dog, head to this meat mecca in Avondale." -Zagat
  • Chomp T.
    Chomp TeethDecember 23, 2010
    Just to let people know, the duck fat fries are only on Fridays and Saturdays. But amazing meats are every day!
  • bella d.
    bella dichosoSeptember 21, 2013
    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.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RussellMay 3, 2014
    We went later in the afternoon on a Friday and the wait was less than 30 minutes
  • Duncan P.
    Duncan PJSeptember 2, 2014
    Hot dougs are so good they ruined hot dogs for me. Ill never find another one this good again
  • Jeff O.
    Jeff OrlickMarch 23, 2014
    Getting a regular dog is a rookie mistake. Get a haute dog and see what the place is all about.
  • Doug S.
    Doug StormMarch 11, 2013
    You MUST try the food gras dog! Sublime!
  • Shane A.
    Shane AdamsAugust 27, 2011
    Besides all the great sausages, you have get the corn dog! At 1.50 its a steal, and delicious.
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoSeptember 27, 2012
    Char Grilled Lamb Sausage With Feta Cheese on a Bun! That's a gourmet meal! Wow!
  • Steven B.
    Steven BorrelliAugust 9, 2011
    Dynamite! Totally worth the wait. But remember to BRING CASH. Highlight of my last Chicago trip.
  • Sam O.
    Sam OrcuttAugust 21, 2011
    The "Smoked Portuguese Linguica with Saffron Rouille and Olive Manchego Cheese" was fantastic.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SaxJune 1, 2011
    Bring cash since no credit cards are accepted. Come early. Lines can be very long on the weekends.
  • Juan D.
    Juan DelgadoJanuary 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Possibly the best hot dog spot in Chicago. Their Chicago style dog is so mouthwatering and delicous. The wait is definitely worth the wait.
  • Aj G.
    Aj GorczycaAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best corn dog I've ever had. Love the specials. So sad it's closing.
  • Kilian M.
    Kilian McMahonJanuary 27, 2013
    Order a rake of different ones. You'll have built up your appetite in the queue to necessitate more than one.
  • James L.
    James LMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're vegetarian, you can still mix and match the toppings from any of the other dogs. You're not just limited to the standard toppings.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Our concierge Samantha at Sax Chicago says the line is worth it for these hot dogs. Wait it out- just like Anthony Bourdain did.
  • Joan M.
    Joan MorrissyAugust 17, 2014
    Didn't love my gourmet dog: drove an hour, waited 2.5 hrs, drove 1.25 hours to get home. Got it off my bucket list, was fun - I wish I just ordered a regular old hot dog
  • 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!
  • Tim M.
    Tim MesserDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Specials are updated on every day. Check out the list while you're standing in line outside!
  • Manbque
    ManbqueMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go during the week for a shorter line. Although the duck fat fries are good, the sausage is king.
  • Peter M.
    Peter McQueenMay 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Look up the menu on your phone...they update it daily and I don't want to see you wavering with Doug in your sights.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GAugust 11, 2014
    Foie gras and Sauternes sausage is a must order. Hurry, get there before they close in October!!!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleSeptember 12, 2014
    Come here before 10/3/14 or don't come here at all. Bring your appetite and maybe an AED.
  • subtitles f.
    Go for the pork specials.
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra M.April 3, 2012
    Best hot dogs!! Make sure to bring cash.. only form of payment!! Avoid weekends really long lines.
  • Peter
    PeterSeptember 24, 2012
    Friendly service and good food...the model for any successful business!
  • Molly R.
    Molly RandMay 8, 2013
    Duck sausage is worth every nickel
  • Susan C.
    Susan ClaxtonMay 31, 2013
    Doug is an awesome guy and the Sweet Chinese Sausage rocked my world.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Hot Doug's as seen on America's Best , Heat Seekers , No Reservations , Food Paradise Read more
  • Allie M.
    Allie McCormackMay 11, 2011
    Always order one of the specials! There are only so many places you can find a chardonnay jalapeno rattlesnake sausage.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HendelAugust 6, 2013
    Went with the Steve Swisher and was not disappointed. Five stars!
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JJune 25, 2010
    THE BEST Chicago dog, hands down. And their foie gras dog is sublime. Worth the wait!!
  • Noah M.
    Noah ManionAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They will make a ripper (a deep fried dog where the skin rips open) if you ask
  • John L.
    John LiottaSeptember 16, 2014
    There are no tricks to beating the lines anymore. Ever since Doug announced he is closing they have been insane. Be prepared to wait . . . a long time.
  • David Z.
    David ZimmerAugust 17, 2013
    Excellent place, preffered by many locals!
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JonesSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite sausage stand in the world. Gonna miss this place
  • John M.
    John MorrisonJanuary 24, 2012
    Try the Smoked Hungarian Pork And Beef Sausage
  • Luci
    LuciMay 24, 2013
    Ask for the truffle aioli as a side to dip the duck fat fries in. Nirvana.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 15, 2010
    The Happiest Words Ever Written: fries cooked in duck fat at Hot Doug's. – Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations Read more
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayAugust 12, 2014
    fire dog and cheese fries
  • Megan W.
    Megan W.June 9, 2012
    Prepare yourself: for a long line and AMAZING hot dogs.
  • didite r.
    didite raditiaSeptember 6, 2013
    Hot dogs and sausages, of course. Any style without ketchup
  • StreetWise_CHI
    StreetWise_CHIJuly 30, 2012
    Our vendors LOVE Hot Doug's. Help them out when you see them :)
  • Malia J.
    Malia JohnsonNovember 2, 2012
    When waiting in line outside watch the curb! If you are not careful you will be another victim
  • Reinhard B.
    Reinhard BrommJune 25, 2012
    Love spicy? Go for the Atomic Bomb!! Nuff said..
  • David H.
    David HaubrichOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to check the website before you go... Doug takes vacations from time to time!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LovatoSeptember 29, 2011
    Waited an hour but it was worth it! Try the duck fat fries!
  • Matthew J.
    Matthew JohnsonSeptember 29, 2011
    Best corn dogs in the world. Fried heavenly crispiness!
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McCarronJuly 12, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go with a few friends, each get something different, then split them up to get a taste of the various delicious specials they have to offer!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 9, 2011
    Try the Foie Gras Duck Dog, Chicago Dog, And Duck Fat Fries
  • Keith C.
    Keith CarlsonApril 14, 2010
    The Atomic Dog is AMAZING! It's hot and leaves your mouth tingling with memories of delicious dogs long after you're done.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BattleApril 4, 2013
    Worth the wait. Fois Gras on a hot dog - YEP !!
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LynchAugust 14, 2014
    Make sure you arrive BY 4 PM. They DO cut the line and I watched a ton of people get turned away.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HartmannMarch 2, 2010
    Order the duck sausage topped with foie gras mousse & truffle aioli. Worth every penny.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DOctober 6, 2014
    RIP. Everything was delicious.
  • Amanda D.
    Amanda D!April 14, 2010
    What? You've never stood in a line for 1.5 hours in 90F weather for some delicious gourmet hot dogs? You're missing out, Dude. Read more
  • Hillman P.
    Hillman PhilistiaAugust 7, 2014
    this place is a joke and everyone who stands in the line is a joke too. if you are from out of town its okay as long as you take a bus there or something.
  • matthew H.
    matthew H.August 24, 2011
    Bring cash - cash onlu and the nearest ATM is 3 blocks away
  • Ravin S.
    Ravin SinghApril 14, 2011
    By far the best food experience in chicago...try the specials
  • Joan V.
    Joan VMarch 26, 2012
    Doug is awesome, and get a Green River to drink!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteJanuary 3, 2015
    Really enjoyed their dogs. Its sad to see them go
  • Hillman P.
    Hillman PhilistiaAugust 7, 2014
    you can call your order and pick it up.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TwinemJuly 6, 2010
    This place has the best hot dogs. Go on Fridays for the duck fries.
  • Hillman P.
    Hillman PhilistiaAugust 7, 2014
    this weekend, buy duck fat from treasure island, buy potatoes, fry.
  • Lisabeth R.
    Lisabeth RosenbergOctober 19, 2013
    This place is definitely on my to-do list and it's in the hood
  • Chris C.
    Chris CostelloDecember 7, 2012
    Get the alligator dog. Excellent mouthfeel
  • David S.
    David SchafferMay 8, 2014
    I've done a survey. 68% of the customers here chew with their mouths wide open.
  • Carolina R R.
    Carolina R RiethNovember 10, 2013
    Best hot dog in Chicago!! No doubts
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BlackOctober 3, 2010
    Duck fat fried are possibly the yummiest legal addictive substance on the planet.
  • Andy P.
    Andy PhelanMay 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down the Hot Dog capitol of the world. This is Mecca for those that love encased meats. Read more
  • Jodie B.
    Jodie BermanSeptember 9, 2013
    Crazy long line but crazy good dog :)
  • George W.
    George WilksonMay 10, 2013
    They should make their items order-able from my smart phone by adding them to the app "appay biz". That way, I can order ahead using "appay"!!!!!!
  • Lindsay R.
    Lindsay RSeptember 9, 2013
    Delicious! Fun atmosphere
  • Ian T.
    Ian TembyJanuary 10, 2012
    The Foie Gras dog was AMAZING!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MeyerSeptember 3, 2010
    A sausage, a dog, fries (preferably ducked), a coke. Bliss.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KingApril 5, 2012
    Paul kelly w/ everything...mouth heaven!
  • Davin L.
    Davin LohOctober 3, 2014
    Gourmet dogs are the best!
    ZAGATFebruary 5, 2010
    Bear the line on Fridays and Saturdays for the duck-fat fries.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HennellyApril 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They never stop being delicious, no matter if you wait a minute or an hour for it.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HomanMay 1, 2012
    Would have been really good to know they're cash only before I walked there....
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SafieMay 15, 2011
    Try the Wild Boar Sausage - Amazing!
  •  ℋumorous
     ℋumorousApril 25, 2015
    OUT OF BUSINESS!!! Dispute being featured on Anthony Bourdain's show, they failed. That's what happens when you don't take Amex!
  • Marita T.
    Marita TantivirasutJune 28, 2014
    Shrimp n grit is the best.
  • Elena D.
    Elena DisneyMarch 16, 2013
    Super friendly many choices!
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SaiyavongsaJune 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go before you're hungry.
  • dan n.
    dan nawaraJanuary 20, 2010
    It's all about the duck and fois gras! Also make sure and hit up the duck fat fries if it's friday or saturday.
  • Arnab D.
    Arnab DasAugust 11, 2014
    At the legend before it leaves
  • Chai R.
    Chai R.March 30, 2011
    Foie Gras hot dog is a must!
  • Chris T.
    Chris TrewMay 2, 2011
    Awesome salads. Get the salad.
  • Paula A.
    Paula AOctober 11, 2011
    THE BEST hot dog I've ever eaten
  • Adrian
    AdrianSeptember 20, 2010
    Foi gras was quite delicious. Don't be scared.
  • Karen L.
    Karen Lao 🔱July 18, 2014
    If you're by Door 31, your wait is about 2.5 hours
  • Krista O.
    Krista OrtgiesenOctober 4, 2011
    Get a small drink. Refills are free. ;)
  • Manbque
    ManbqueMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Celebrity Sausage is always changing, and always a good choice.
  • Christi K.
    Christi KimMay 10, 2013
    Bison dog & duck fat fries!
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoSeptember 24, 2012
    Fries are mouth watering!
  • Peter K.
    Peter KimAugust 6, 2011
    Wild boar is definitely my favorite.
  • Daniela A.
    Daniela AsaroMay 14, 2013
    Goat cheese hot dog!!
  • val c.
    val caponeJanuary 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    T shirts & hats available for $15. Small price to pay to proclaim your love of encased meats and Hot Doug's.
  • KueenKris🤷🏾‍♀️ A.
    FYI this place officially closes on 10/4.
  • Everyday
    EverydayJune 15, 2014
    Cash only. Pretty overpriced for a hotdog...I wouldn't recommend this if you're from Chicago.
  • Bennuworld
    BennuworldMay 7, 2013
    Chow time!
  • Kirt J.
    Kirt JensenApril 13, 2013
    Try the Foie Gras!
  • Tom
    TomSeptember 23, 2013
    IL sausage emporium.
  • Erick S.
    Erick SyversenDecember 1, 2010
    It's like there's a delicious petting zoo in my stomach.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LennieNovember 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Marty Allen (nee Don Rickles) best value and taste.
  • Krystal L.
    Krystal LaFontaineJuly 15, 2014
    Monday afternoon - not worth the wait.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 18, 2010
    Try the Chicago Style Hot Dog
  • Rob K.
    Rob KirchoferMarch 14, 2013
    Hot Doug's is the shiznit!
  • Dave N.
    Dave NuckollsJuly 21, 2011
    Say hello to THE Doug who will take your order!
  • David S.
    David StrasserJuly 4, 2014
    "Permanent Vacation" starts October 4. Enjoy while you can.
  • Serena L.
    Serena LiuSeptember 20, 2011
    try the foie gras dog Read more
  • eileen b.
    eileen bNovember 18, 2009
    Skip the duck fat french fries. Share the foie gras dog with a friend. Read more
  • Ross W. B.
    Ross W. Berman IVOctober 29, 2011
    Duck fat fries...need I say more?
  • Yanyo ⚜️
    Yanyo ⚜️September 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gotta try the corn dog!
  • Jami P.
    Jami PrimmerJuly 18, 2010
    Great Hot Dog's and Duck fat fries mmmm
  • Bruno V.
    Bruno ValadãoMarch 5, 2014
    Chicago's Best one
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 19, 2011
    Try the Foie Gras Dog
  • Yosh25
    Yosh25July 13, 2009
    Some of THE most unbelievable hot dog's and sausages. The fries are unparalleled.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJuly 10, 2014
    Duck Fat Fries......😍
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TrippSeptember 18, 2010
    This place is absurd in the best way possible.
  • Dave K.
    Dave KaufmanMarch 24, 2010
    Get there by 4pm, it ain't open for dinner folks.
  • Nena
    NenaMarch 17, 2012
    Get The Elvis
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 7, 2010
    Try the Duck Fat Fries
  • Bob B.
    Bob BrownMarch 26, 2013
    Go. Enough said.
  • Stu T.
    Stu ThompsonMarch 25, 2010
    Get there early. Like 9:30 AM early.
  • Lenny G.
    Lenny GalloSeptember 30, 2010
    Okay, I'm converted. Best hotdog in Chicago.
  • Sandra H.
    Sandra HongJuly 21, 2009
    Foie Gras and Sauterne Sausage with Duck Fat Fries. Enough said.
  • Jennie C.
    Jennie ChanNovember 29, 2010
    So worth the line, even in the cold. Trust me.
  • forrest w.
    forrest waldoDecember 7, 2010
    Try the Duck Fat Fries
  • Rick L.
    Rick LeonardOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get engaged here, I did!
  • @EdmundCruz
    @EdmundCruzNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Simply the best around!
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 16, 2013
    closes at 4 everyday
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZarbDecember 10, 2013
    Pretty good
  • Dimphy
    DimphyAugust 24, 2011
    Cash only!!!!!!! No atm nearby...
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BryanJune 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
  • Mike S.
    Mike SchrammMarch 16, 2009
    Order the duck fat fries (has to be on Friday or Saturday)
  • Raemond L.
    Raemond LuzJanuary 30, 2013
    Cash Only =(
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneMarch 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    yup. it's worth it.
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkAugust 25, 2010
    Unique hot dogs!
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SomeraJuly 10, 2010
    Veggie dog is delish!
  • Billy P.
    Billy PooreDecember 22, 2009
    I see people that line up for blocks to get what I assume is Goose Liver.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AngelaFebruary 28, 2011
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterSeptember 18, 2014
    Too bad they are closing
  • Damon K.
    Damon KanakisMarch 30, 2010
    there's nothing like celebrating good friday with some encased meats.
  • Evan
    EvanMarch 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicago Dog... Everything.
  • Buzz A.
    Buzz AndersenMarch 13, 2009
    Go on Friday for the duck fat fries.
  • Tony C.
    Tony ChauDecember 28, 2013
    Closed from dec 23rd to jan 7th.. :(
  • Brent S.
    Brent SordylApril 17, 2009
    Enjoy Chicago's best encased meat.
  • Caio F.
    Caio FonsecsNovember 4, 2011
    Essa é pros brasileiros. Se vc é de São Paulo e já comeu um Dogão completo em SP não vai achar nada demais mas é bom! Se vc não gosta de pimenta fuja do The cheese Atomic.
  • fabricio f.
    fabricio fernandesJuly 25, 2013
    Muito Bom 10 a 0 do Brazil
  • Cristyam O.
    Cristyam OtavianoJanuary 20, 2012
    Delicia ( aos berros )
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