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Hot Doug's

A Chicago institution, Hot Doug's is one of the most famous hot dog stands in the world. Its alternate name is the Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium. However, saying that Hot Doug's is just a hot dog stand is like saying that Mario Batali's Babbo is just spaghetti joint.

Of course Hot Doug's offers the typical Chicago-style hot dog -- water-simmered or steamed all beef dog on a poppy seed bun, topped with yellow mustard, chopped onions, pickle relish, dill pickle, tomato wedges, pickled peppers and celery salt. But Hot Doug's takes encased meats a step further. It offers dozens of variations on the encased-meat-in-a-bun concept, including a sausage topped with foie gras. And on weekends, the fries are boiled in duck fat. Be prepared to wait in line.

Sample Menu Items

  • Bacon and cheddar elk sausage with roasted garlic dijonnaise and cheese-stuffed hot peppers
  • Spicy beef hot link with Coca-Cola BBQ sauce and mantoro cheese
  • Brandy-infused smoked portuguese chorizo with smoked paprika mustard and sheep's milk baskeriu cheese

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