April 23, 2021

Hot Diggity! Hot Doug’s!

Having driven by Hot Doug’s for literally years and seen lines of people waiting to gain admittance, my husband and I finally made a trip to this “encased meat emporium.”
Open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 AM to 4 PM, this is basically an early to late lunch spot. I’m not a big sausage or hot dog fan, but I chose a lamb, goat cheese, raita concoction that I have never seen or tasted anywhere else. Here is a sample of their exotic specials: Ribeye Steak Sausage with Chimichurri, Ardagh Wine Cheese and Fried Onions, Brown Ale and Chipotle Buffalo Sausage with Dark Beer Mustard and Hickory-Smoked Sweet Swiss Cheese, along with Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel. These are definitely not Oscar Meyer recipes. More recognizable “dog” fare is also available.

My husband went whole hog with the Dave Pound, basically a corn dog and an order of cheese fries.The sausage superstore does the fries in duck fat on Fridays and Saturdays, so my husband got to sample this delicacy. I’m not a fan of fried anything, but I must say that I stole a few cheesy potato strips that were pretty delicious. As a nice surprise, we were also able to buy Sioux City Ginger Ale and Mint Cherry sodas.

We opted for the delightful patio to the side of the restaurant. The wait staff brings your food when the order is ready. I couldn’t eat this way every day, but this made an interesting detour from our daily food fare.

Hot Doug’s!
The Sausage Superstore and
Encased Meat Emporium
3324 North California, Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 279-9550

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