Chicago >Food & Dining > Hot Doug's
3324 North California, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061841.942676 -87.698042
Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Neighborhoods: North Side
What can you say about a local legend. These might not be the best hot dogs in the world. They might not even be the best hotdogs in Chicago. But the complete Hot Doug's experience is the real star at this North Side sausage fest, which truly deserves the title "best of the wurst."
The inventive sausages may draw you in, but the classics will keep you coming back. The bratwurst is a nearly perfect sausage.
There's always a line down the block for friendly Doug's encased delicacies. The menu is lengthy, but I recommend opting for the "game of the week" special. Duck fat fries are only available on Fridays and Saturdays are a totally necessary indulgence.
Walk Out Happy – On a recent trip to Chicago one of our first stops was a visit to Hot Doug's. We went early since we heard the place got busy and ended up with only about a 10-15 minute wait. By the time we left there was a long line out the door, down the street and around the corner....which I would have gladly waited in after we tasted our dogs. True to the reviews...the duck fat fries were amazing! But the most fun was to walk up to place our orders to an Elvis Costillo look-alike...who happens to be Doug. Even though this place is extremely busy...he takes the time to chat with everyone who comes in, explains the menu and makes recommendations. We ordered 2 duck fat fries...and he kindly let us know only one order would be sufficient. Our dogs were extremely tasty...and I honestly will say one of the best I have ever had. Very small place, but they move everyone thru...not rushing anyone. Loved this place.
One of Chicago's best! – This place should be #1. It is an insult that it is #3 under the other 2.
Now, I spent just as much here as I did at superdawgs. the difference is I got 2 specialty dogs an duck fat fries and a drink. It was worth the 18 bucks here unlike supers. Now 18 bucks is a lot for hot dogs and fries but unlike super dawgs. Doug's has a regular dogs for $1.75 and regular fries. They also have a great selection of sausages. I wanted to order all of them. and I am sure I will because I am going back again soon and often.
The Best of the Best – There are a lot of "Vienna Hot Dog" stands in Chicago. None have the friendliness of Dougs. If only once in a lifetime, you have to go there on Friday or Saturday and try his Duck Fries. A Chicago Original.
Best hot dog in chicago! – Like I said THE BEST IN CHICAGO! When you pull up to Hot Dougs your thinking..."THEY HAVE A LINE OUT THE DOOR AND AROUND THE BUILDING!" Trust me its worth the wait. The menu has a huge variety and your almost tempted to order them all. By far the original dog with everything is the best. They have a veggie dog and chicken sausage which are very good. The fries are AMAZING, lets say I'm glad this place is not around the corner from me...i'd be as big as a house. All in all great first experience and the people are friendly and fast.
You won't find a better hot dog and fries anywhere in the world... – I'd love to be wordy like my other reviews, but, it wouldn't do Hot Doug's any justice. You can't imagine how amazing this place until you wait in the line of shame. If you work during the week and can't make their limited weekday hours, make sure you show up early on Saturday or you'll be waiting for a bit. It doesn't matter - any amount of wait is worth the array of unique hot dog's they offer. The duck fat french fries are a must. woo-hoo! I wish it was Saturday afternoon again so I could go back and stand in line again! I guess that was wordy enough.
French Frie Excellence – Best known for their exotic sausages, french fries are the real star at Hot Doug's. These twice fried beauties are heavenly soft on the inside and crispy perfection on thr outside. The duck fries, special in their exotic flavor, are less appealing in overall quality. The gourmet sausages are surprisingly ungreasey and the condiments and vegetables are very fresh and tastey.
Best Lunch in the City – Chicagoans can be divided into two groups: those who love Hot Doug's, and those who haven't eaten there yet. Once you get a taste of the duck fat fries, you're hooked! I've been to Hot Doug's more times than I can remember, and I haven't been disappointed yet. Everything is delicious - from the basic Chicago dog to the game of the week. Don't be put off by the long line - it moves quickly, and it's worth the wait.
Sausage lovers line out the door at this quirky, Crayola-colored hot dog spot. – The Scene
The fire that shut down this restaurant in mid-2004 seems only to have made the place more popular, as Hot Doug's is thriving in its new location a half-mile west of the original. Not much has changed; the sunny yellow walls are still covered with kitschy wiener paraphernalia, and owner Doug Sohn has maintained his cheerful, sarcastic demeanor, joking with customers and shilling Hot Doug's CDs while taking orders at the counter.
Sohn's love of encased meats makes for an adventurous menu, from the classic Chicago-style dog to the Jennifer Garner (a "mighty hot" fire dog), the Elvis (Polish sausage), and weekly game sausages like rabbit, venison and rattlesnake. Sohn shows off his culinary-school chops with the daily-changing "celebrity sausage." One recent favorite, the Wazmo Nariz, tops tasty mushroom-Asiago sausage with blue cheese dijonnaise and sauteed shiitake mushrooms. Brilliant--and even better alongside an order of duck-fat french fries.
Best Hot Dogs(Sausages) EVER!!! – One of the best places we ate at in Chicago. Would recommend it to anyone. The duck fat fries served only on friday and saturday are awesome and probably the best fries I've ever had. Doug is friendly and funny. the line was long at 11 on sat but moved fast.
We had the Madonna, the Thai chicken, the foie gras, and the jalepeno rattlesnake(the game of the week) all were amazing. Highly recommended, a must visit place. If you live in Chicago you should go every week.
i am in love with doug – hot dougs rules. i take all of my out of town guests here and they all want t-shirts. try to polish sausage or the duck fat fries.
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