Back to that same old place…sweet home, Chicago

Well it’s taken six long years but finally I’m back in the Windy City. Last time Nick and I were here it was ten below zero and we were freezing our tookuses (tooki?) off. This go-round it’s holding firm at about 60 degrees and overcast with occasional showers. First thing Nick wanted to do was head to local hole in the wall, Hot Doug’s.

My good friend Laura P. who we came to visit, laughed at us for heading to a hot dog stand at 10:30 in the morning, but when we got there at 10:35 am, there were already eight guys in there eating sausage and fries. Hot Doug’s is famous for two things – a broad selection of specialty sausages and fries cooked in duck fat.

Hot Doug’s does all kinds of classic hot dogs but also specializes in some unusual custom dogs. We ordered the chicken/apricot sausage with passion fruit mustard and brie, the Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel and the Antelope Sausage with 4-Cheese Dijonnaise and Spicy Cherry Peppers.

All were quite tasty, although we agreed the antelope was the clear winner. Hot Doug’s is one of those classically quirky Chicago places you just stumble across. Not in a picturesque or touristy area, just hanging out on a random corner. Whoever wrote online that you have to get there on a week day right when they open in order to avoid an hour long wait wasn’t kidding. By the time we left at 11, the line of customers was steadily forming and already almost out the door.

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