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Hot Doug's Inc.

3324 North California, Chicago, IL 60618
773 279 9550
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Ranked #13 of 8,286 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Hot Dogs
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Woodbury, CT
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75 reviews 75 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Gone today after 20 years. We'll miss you. This review has to be 100 characters but I have nothing else to say.

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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82 reviews 82 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The place was recommended by one of the tour guides for authentic chicago hotdogs. The hotdog was good as well as the celery salt and other dressings ( 3 whole chilis was too hot for me though) but was not that WOW as I was expecting.

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Oregon, IL
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is truely a great place to visit. There is always a line, but that if you know that, it's all part of the experience. The line did move quicker than we thought as it took us less than 2 hours to get to the front and order from starting in the alley. While it is not the best hot... More

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Chicago IL
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201 reviews 201 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We went to Hot Doug's knowing this would be our farewell visit due to the imminent closing of this Chicago iconic stop. So what if we got in line at 2:20 (thinking we would miss the lunch crowd) and barely got in the door by 4. It was worth the wait…several large orders of fries plus ten assorted encased meats... More

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Plano, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

No trip to Chicago is complete without going to this place. No wonder Men's Magazine listed it as one of the essential restaurants you have to eat at before you die! The downside is that the cat is out of the bag and there is a wait but it is well worth it.

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Honolulu, HI
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Went on a Saturday and ordered the duck fat fries, polish dog, corn dog, mini-bagel dogs with tater tots, fire dog, and the Bo Derek (mighty, mighty, mighty hot). Duck fat fries didn't taste any different from regular fries. All the dogs except the Bo Derek were good but really not worth the 4 hour wait from standing in line... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great place for hot dog lovers, but the line was extremely long and slow moving. Doug is a friendly guy whose personality made the experience enjoyable. The dining area is small but enough space to service the moving line. We didn't have to wait for a table and servers were helpful. Even though Doug's is closing, it was worth the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I was headed to a concert in Millennium Park I had a few hours to kill so we went over to Hot Dougs, I was utterly superseded at the long line. Must be good the line wrapped out the door past the driveway and halfway down another building. It took 3 hours to get a hotdog. I'm not a huge... More

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Warsaw, Indiana
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Doug takes your order. He IS this place. Colorful, whimsical and darned good "encased meat". Yep Doug nailed it. Now we hear he's closing Hot Dougs. Get over there right away!!

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Topeka, Kansas
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Get there soon (and early to avoid the lines) and get an Atomic Bomb!! If heat's not your thing, try the Andouille or Thuringer.

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