This past Saturday at 10 a.m. sharp, the Serious Eats Chicago crew met up in Avondale to accomplish one of the most glorious eating projects in Chicago history: to eat every single item at Hot Doug's.
Sausage City and Hot Doug's. The two, at some point, would have to meet. These are the five sausages that have stuck with me, and that I'm still dreaming about days later, and that I would recommend heartily for any visit to Hot Doug's.
"I guess Doug believes about hot dogs what Robert Frost wrote about fences. Good hot dogs make good neighbors." [Photographs: Robyn Lee] Since Robyn had never been to Chicago before our recent visit, I decided she had to experience the...
In Chicago, cheese fries are more than a dish you consume after a night out. Whether this is related to Chicago's hot dog stand culture or that chefs here like to elevate simple dishes, I don't know. But I do know that you can find a very wide range of cheese fries here.
Remember when a group of us showed up at Hot Doug's and ate every single thing on the menu? Imagine my surprise when I walked in to the Avondale joint this past weekend and came face to face with the Bowl o' 40-Sausage Chili ($6.00), a completely new kind of menu item.
When I started poking around in Chicago, I found a surprising array of corn dogs, from Texas hot links in Anson Mills polenta batter to foie gras corn dogs to a pair of dogs topped with chili and cheese.
It was clear from the moment I moved here that Chicago cared about its hot dogs more than any other place I'd ever been. And after five years of searching, here are my ten favorite Chicago-style hot dogs.
So many stories about hot dogs have gone up this month, you may wonder whether we eat anything else in Chicago. But some of my favorite hot dog stands serve items that are just as good, and in some cases, even better than the dogs.
Sure, we love to casually graze on dainty small plates, but there are those rare occasions when all that fussing over a forkful just doesn't cut it. Perhaps we just ran a marathon or simply passed on last night's dessert. Regardless, the reason isn't as important as the fact that we need to eat a WHOLE LOT OF FOOD RIGHT NOW.
Like all great cities should, Chicago has a collection of dishes that were invented within its borders and that you can't get anywhere else. I decided to create this list to help keep track of them all.