Are ready for some hot and heavy hot dog porn?! Last week, I had the joy of eating at Hot Doug’s in Chicago for the time, the gourmet sausage emporium. This place is legendary. They make all of the sausages and hot dogs that they serve, and there are always at least 8 solid gourmet selections, with their popular duck fat french fries on Fridays and Saturdays. If you love encased meats, this is the place to be. Sorry, but heart pumps are not available at this location. On this particular trip, I chose to order a bacon sausage, topped with caramelized onions and affinois cheese. Why? Um, have you read this blog before? I AM BACON. And bacon is me. Especially when it is in my bellah.
And of course, a classic innards shot.
This dog was delicious. I have had a hot dog wrapped in bacon, but never one with bacon inside the casing! If I was being really picky, I would say that the caramelized onions could have been a bit more caramelized, which would have made the sausage pop even more, but I’m splitting hairs, here. This was a damn good dog. My friend had the joy of trying their foie gras and sauternes duck sausage topped with truffle mustard, slices of foie gras mousse and a bit of sel gris. Look at this bad boy.
This was perfect. That is all you need to know. Delicious duck, creamy, smooth foie, the hit of salt, the tangy mustard–ugh. I want this dog every day for every meal for the rest of my life. I also love that Doug served this dog all throughout the infamous Chicago foie gras ban (which was absolutely redunkulous, if you ask me), and he even got fined for it! Screw you, establishment! That being said, if you want to visit Hot Doug’s and wish to try some of their more exotic offerings (the day I went, I also saw a gyros sausage!), bring a bit more cash (cash only!). The regular dogs and corn dogs are reasonably priced at around $3, but when you upgrade for the gourmet dogs, you pay a more gourmet price, round about $8-9. It is totally worth it, though. Don’t believe me? Then why would all these people stand in line for over an hour in the cold Chicago winter for a hot dog?
The line was over a block long on a Friday afternoon. This is normal all year round for this place, so come prepared to wait, especially on Friday and Saturday! The next Saturday, the line stretched to over two blocks long. That is some serious meat. ~LTG! ********************************************************** Hot Doug’s Sausage Super Store 3324 North California, Chicago, IL 60618 Phone: (773) 279-9550 Fax: (773) 279-9553 Monday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm, closed on Sundays. www.hotdougs.com