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Hot Doug's Inc.

3324 North California, Chicago, IL 60618
773 279 9550
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Ranked #6 of 8,194 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Hot Dogs
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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English first
Long Island, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Stopped here for lunch on my first trip to Chicago on business. It was a Tuesday afternoon around 12:30. The line was not as bad as expected, only about four people in front of me. But every table in the place was full. As I read in all other reviews, Doug himself was working the front counter. He seems to... More

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Chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Worth the long wait! Read about this Mecca of meat in tube form and saw Anthony Bourdain's feature on it on YouTube. I had the Game of the Week (antelope, elk, buffalo and venison) with spicy corn relish and cheese - awesome! My sister had the jalapeño and bacon duck sausage with peppered Brie - delicious! We shared the duck... More

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San Francisco, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Its super dirty but its already a tradition to go there. I didn't like the girls talking to us in an inappropriate way, of course... they are offering a sausage at the end of the day. It must be terrible to work there... far from the downtown area but we didn't get sick, so I guess you could try.

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The Great Commonwealth of Va
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Hubby brought me here for real Chicago Dogs and I was not disappointed! We got there just ahead of the long lines. You gotta love any place that bills it self as an "Encased Meat Emporium". Sport peppers were hot! The dog was divine!

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Made the trip out of the city a way as we had heard great things about Doug - was not disappointed, the food was superb, will be recommending all my friends go if in Chicago!

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Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Good hot dog. It is a bit of a journey from downtown but hey, it's a Chicago hit dog. If your a goofy tourist like us, it's a good experience. Opens at 10:30, recommend you get there 10:30-11 and avoid long lines and no place to sit. About 2 miles from Wrigley. Bus to California St & about 1/4-1/2 mile... More

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Cleveland, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Definitely worth the line! Inexpensive and delicious!!! Came from out of town and we had to try this place with all of the great reviews. Lived up to its reputation.

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Wait in line, you won't mind once you take a bite. It's way off the beaten path in the middle of nowhere and always has a line. Doesn't matter because Doug himself takes your order, makes suggestions, always acts extremely appreciative that you visited despite the fact that he is not hurting for business in the slightest. But most importantly,... More

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Cumming, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We saw this on Travel network and went to see ourselves. Worth the wait. Line stretches out the door and around corner but moves very fast. Doug himself takes your order. This was best hot dog I have ever had and we really enjoyed this place. Just really cool place and worth the trip.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I am not a hot dog fan, but my husband has waited for years to go to Hot Doug's so we made the trek on a recent business trip. If I lived in Chicago, I would go to Hot Doug's once a week! The menu is quite varied with every kind of sausage one can imagine, including hot dogs. The... More

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