Hot Doug's apparently had a stellar reputation before Anthony Bourdain featured it on No Reservations. But since then - well, be prepared to wait awhile if you come during the weekend or prime lunch hours. But wow, it's worth it. The more standard dogs are about as Chicago as you can get, but the premium dogs are a thing of beauty. The menu rotates often enough, but if you can, try the Badger. Also, all three times that I've gone, I've been rung up by the owner, Doug, himself. Famous eateries in big cities often have an attitude, but Doug is perhaps the nicest successful restaurant owner I can think of.
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