Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hot Doug's! !!! !! !!!!! !

So some of you dudes have to know this place. I imagine you've even been there. But if you haven't you must stop what you are doing and make plans to get there soon. It may be the single best place on earth. 

Now some of my buddies are hot dog snobs and they discount the greatness that Hot Doug's is by dismissing it as "snooty" or just plain "gay."  Saying "it's not a hot dog, it doesn't count."  Well they are retards. Like it says on the sign this is The Sausage Superstore.  Not only does Doug have a straight up dog (both chili and Chicago style) he has a plethora of delicious encased meats. But that my friends is not why you go to Hot Doug's.  This shit right here is:

Now this magical list changes weekly which drives me nuts being all the way down in Texas because I can only take advantage of this once a year.  But this July while traveling to Chicago for Flatstock and the Pitchfork Festival I made it a point to get there. Here's the booty, first in delicious words then even more delicious pics:

The Game of the Week
Bacon and Cheddar Elk Sausage with Guinness Stout Mustard, Bacon Lardons and Tintern Chive & Shallot Cheese

The Rich Harden (Today's Celebrity Sausage)
Bell Pepper and Mozzarella Chicken Sausage with Pizza Sauce, Sautéed Peppers & Onions and Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Other Specials
The Atomic Bomb: Spicy Pork Sausage with Chipotle-Honey Mustard and Cranberry-Chipotle Cheddar Cheese

Jalapeño-Cheddar Pork Sausage with Jalapeño Mayonnaise and Chihuahua Cheese

Über Garlic Pork Sausage with Roasted Garlic Dijonnaise and Widmer Brick Cheese


The line up. It starts at 10:30 and is like this until close. We stood in line for just over an hour. Totally worth it.

Bacon Cheddar Elk with Bacon Lardons (!!!) and the Atomic Bomb. Fucking Awesome.

the Jalapeno-Cheddar and the Pizza one.

The Uber Garlic and a straight up grilled beef with lots of mustard.

My buddies Helms and Bdix with the Duck Fat goodness and whole sheebang.

And just to balance it out breakfast the next morning.

Make yer travel plans fellas it's like the sausage Mecca. For real.

Oh P.S. Always check the site first. Doug likes to close down whenever something important comes up and if he's not taking the order from you no one is. Even though I planned my trip to allow for maximum Hot Doug's I missed a day because he shut down three days for Don Knott's birthday...


Casey Brewer said...


Good buddy Jake and I also went to Hot Doug's the friday of Pitchfork, and funny, I got the Atomic Dog and the Elk Sausage. I agree that Hot Doug's is a mind bending adventure, fit for the toughest in intestinal fortitude.

We were so hungover when we went that I think it dulled the experience a bit, but the dog's were still amazing, and frankly I'll take experimentation over a standard Chicago dog any day. My only regret is that I didn't pick up a t-shirt.

It would be amazing if we were there at the same time, just a few nomad buddies in search of a delicious dog. That would be some star crossed shit.

R. Falch said...

I am so hungry now.

That menu looks amazing.

Geoff Peveto said...

I check that specials menu pretty regularly. It makes me light headed...