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Hot Doug’s

Ever stand in line for close to an hour for a hotdog? I have.

I went to Chicago on the last two days of my vacation, and the first thing we did (if you don’t count sitting in traffic for eight miles an attraction) is go to a place called Hot Doug’s. The actual restaurant is on a corner, the line goes around the corner and down the street, and yes, I stood in this line, with nothing to do but stare at a dying cell phone, and talk about how long the line was, oh, and this is on a very sunny day in July.

When we got near the doorway, we saw the hours, the place closed at four. It was about 3:46. That sounds devastating, but it never ended up being a problem, due to the fact that they have this kind of line almost all the time, even in almost four in the afternoon on a Friday.

Believe it or not, we got through the perilous line and ordered. The guy taking our order was the Doug from the name of the restaurant (a fact I didn’t realize until we were out of the restaurant, and in the car again). I ordered The Dog which is described as “Chicago-Style Hot Dog with all the trimmings: ’nuff said”. “All the trimmings” means yellow mustard, caramelized onions, relish (which was unnaturally neon green, but tasty), tomatoes, a pickle (half of a full sized dill pickle, just about as big as the hotdog), and celery salt. I was expecting this to be good, and it really was. I have no idea how they make a hotdog, especially with those random toppings, taste so good, but it does.

But wait, there’s more! Not only did this hotdog completely fill me up, we also ordered duck fat fries (something only available on Fridays and Saturdays) which we good enough to eat without ketchup.

I think Doug must have an obsession with ducks because we also ordered something to share, and I’m glad we shared, because it was insanely rich. Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel – a nine dollar ¬†hotdog. And with this, I didn’t know what to expect, but it was good, but completely different than anything else I had ever tasted. The foie gras (duck liver) was surprisingly creamy, and it was really nice.

Oh, and they had Fanta, one of my favorite sodas, so that just confirms the pure awesomeness of Hot Doug’s.

Posted: July 19th, 2010
Categories: Food, Life
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