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Hot Doug's Inc.

3324 North California, Chicago, IL 60618
773 279 9550
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Ranked #9 of 8,292 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Hot Dogs
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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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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English first
Oregon, IL
Senior Contributor
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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192 reviews 192 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
1 review
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
39 helpful votes 39 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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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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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I'm a local, and I have to say, I've become a regular at this place. The food is absolutely the best, with a range for anyone. Despite this, I won't lie, I go in for the simple stuff. Just give me a hot dog, and I'll be on my way!

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St. Marys, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Yes there is always a line-up so plan accordingly. Please don't think of this place as a hot dog restaurant. I had a duck sausage with foie gras and truffle aioli. I also had a lamb merges sausage with halumi cheese. (Pardon my spelling) This place is strictly eat-in, - no take out. There is no avoiding the line. We... More

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