"There are no two finer words in the English language than 'encased meats', my friend" - Hot Doug's

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

During our long weekend in Chicago – a brief trip to interfere in our children’s lives and spoil our granddaughter - there was a lot of bad weather, including big storms and record rainfall. Friday around noon found us out in the middle of it – literally - standing in line at Hot Doug’s, ticking off one of the restaurants on Anthony Bourdain’s list of 13 Places To Eat Before You Die.

Paying Our Dues

45 Minutes of waiting in the pouring rain just built up the anticipation. This is where the famed Chicago-style dog lives, but we weren’t here for anything as pedestrian as that. Nope, today was Friday, and on Friday, Hot Doug’s fries are cooked in DUCKFAT!! And they have FOIE GRAS DOGS!! Can you imagine it? I had been waiting for this day for a long time – ever since I read this:

 “12)  Hot Doug's (Chicago) This place convinced me the Chicago red hot is, in fact, superior to the New York hot dog. And it's home to two great innovations in American gastronomy: the "foie gras dog" and the weekends-only practice of cooking French fries in duck fat. It's proof that food doesn't have to be expensive to be great.” – Anthony Bourdain, 13 Places To Eat Before You Die

And here we were.

The Menu

Of course I had the Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel, as well as the Cognac-Infused Lamb and Pork Sausage with Spinach Raita and Goat Cheese. Mary, tradionalist that she is, had a Classic; and our son David had a BLT - Bacon Sausage with Avocado Mayonnaise, Iceberg Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes and Hickory-Smoked Sweet Swiss Cheese, and a Philly Cheesesteak Sausage with Cream Cheese Mustard, Caramelized Onions and Smoked Provolone Cheese. And, naturally, we had a couple of orders of the fries. We shared bites – something I did not want to do at all, I agonized terribly over the missing two bites of my Foie Gras dog - and it is my firm opinion that I won, hands down. The fries were insanely good – the best I’ve ever had. And my Foie Gras Dog? – absolutely delicious and totally worth waiting in the rain for. We might have gone back on Saturday, but Hot Doug's had to close due to flooding from the storms.

Good Eats!

I wish I were writing this as a localism post – I’d love to live down the street from Hot Doug’s, for as long as my arteries held out, anyhow.

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I make beer brauts a lot during the summer....we love dogs of all kinds.

Jul 25, 2011 12:48 PM #9
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

I love hot dogs, and I always try to find the place that the locals go to when I visit a new place! This looks like one of those places that I would love to visit!

Jul 25, 2011 01:05 PM #10
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Wow!  Those look great!  Love hot dogs and that place seems like the perfect eatery to get some.  If I have the good fortune to be in Chicago I'll have to give it a try!

Jul 25, 2011 01:29 PM #11
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Hey... I'm really glad you were able to get to Hot Doug's... people wait in line for hours and hours for their dogs...

Jul 25, 2011 01:42 PM #12
Howard and Susan Meyers
The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore - Winnetka, IL

We don't know if it made the national news, but it was a huge local story...Hot Dougs was temporarily closed due to basement flooding on Saturday afternoon following the record setting rain we had Friday night and early Saturday.

Jul 25, 2011 03:03 PM #13
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

We'd be all over that place if we were just close enough to go! I love the photos, too, especially the folks hanging out under umbrellas. Now that's dedication.


Jul 25, 2011 03:36 PM #14
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

wow -- now that is ONE HOT DOG! I am not a hot dog lover, but those look tempting.

Jul 25, 2011 04:05 PM #15
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I guess I know where to go to eat the next time I am in Chicago.  Reading your post, I can feel my arteries clogging.  But what the heck, that delicious food must be worth it.

Jul 25, 2011 04:32 PM #16
Kristi DeFazio
RE/MAX Advantage - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468

We are headed for Chicago in August- we may have to find this place!

Jul 25, 2011 05:21 PM #17
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Oh man those encased meats look good.  For the gourmand in all of us, I salute you!!  My favorite of all time is CUPID'S HOT DOGS in So. California.  Amaziing!

Jul 25, 2011 05:22 PM #18
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

You certainly hit 'Ground Zero' for great dogs! I also enjoy Anthony Bourdain. As a matter of fact, I watched him for about an hour tonight.

Jul 25, 2011 05:23 PM #19
George Bennett
Inactive - Port Orford, OR
Inactive Principal Broker, GRI

Great write up. The food sounds delicious. I'll put Hot Doug's on my bucket list. Thanks.

Jul 25, 2011 06:40 PM #20
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The "Chicago Dog" seems to take on a different look on nearly every corner of the city. There are so many of these places in Chicago that it is hard to choose. All good though! Enjoy the day and diet before you go back! 

Jul 26, 2011 12:40 AM #21
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dick, sounds like a great place to get a hot dog. Who can disagree with Anthony Bourdain.

Jul 26, 2011 01:51 AM #22
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I am a staunch supporter of anything having to do with a Hot Dog or sausage sandwich. When you take the actual experience and add the condiments to it (of which there are no end), then America is upon you, life is good and love is in the air. Oh, let there be Hot Dogs.....everywhere. good post in more ways than one.

Jul 26, 2011 03:35 AM #23
Russ Msrtin
Perl Mortgage - Chicago, IL
Residential Mortgage Advisor

Our main office is literally 2 blocks from Hot Dougs!  Love that place.  Before I moved to a different office, I used to eat lunch there like 2 or 3 times a week. 

The lines are ridiculous though, but it moves fast.  Definitely one of the must eat places in Chicago, if not the country.

Jul 26, 2011 05:38 AM #24
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Anything worth that wait in the rain not Rain ought to be the best.  Now, you can scratch that one off your list.  I still think the French place sounded much better.

Jul 26, 2011 08:44 AM #25
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Dick,  C'mon, you're killing me here !  Always loved great dogs/brats and those look especially tasty !  Lately I've beenpartial to sweet potatoe fries ! 

Jul 26, 2011 09:28 AM #26
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

My cholesterol is already high. The dogs look yummy too. We have Yesterdogs here in the GR area. Those are marvelous.

Jul 27, 2011 04:56 AM #27
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sounds like a really great place.  My all time favorite is James Coney Island, many locations in the Houston area.

Jul 27, 2011 05:30 AM #28
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