The Windy City has quite a few places to find great hot dogs, and one of the most popular might just be Hot Doug's. The self-proclaimed “sausage superstore and encased meat emporium” has been serving up gourmet dogs to Chicago locals for years.
The menu ranges from the basics – Chicago dogs with all the trimmings, beer-cooked bratwurst and French fries – to more elaborate concoctions. The daily specials stretch the concept of “hot dog” to its limit. We’re talking dogs made with unique proteins like kangaroo and foie gras, topped with crayfish mayonnaise, tomatillo mole or nettle-infused Gouda cheese. The place isn’t large, so be prepared to grab your dog and go in a hurry. Regulars line up for blocks on Friday and Saturdays for the fries cooked in duck fat.
Hot Doug's recently announced that it's going to close in October, so if you'd like to visit you have just a few more months to do it. Check out the website to learn more!