Hot Doug's

Hot Dogs
3324 N California Ave (at Roscoe St)
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 279-9550
10:30am - 4:00pm
10:30am - 4:00pm
10:30am - 4:00pm
10:30am - 4:00pm
10:30am - 4:00pm
10:30am - 4:00pm



  • When visiting this self-proclaimed encased meat emporium, be sure to sample Hot Dougs other haute cuisine treats, like fois gras mousse and the duck-fat fries.
  • Order Duck Fat Fries. They are only served on Fridays and Saturdays and people line up for hours to get them.The distinct flavor of the duck fat adds a dimension to the starch of the fresh potatoes.
  • Laden encased meats like foie gras and Sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli, foie gras mousse and fleur de sel. For those, my friends, you still have to bide your time on the sidewalk.
  • 1. Bring cash.2. Bring friends. You will need them to talk to while waiting in line3. Share with these friends. Then you can try more.4. Don't tell any more friends. Those lines are long enough!
  • Enjoy Chicago's best encased meat.
  • Order the duck fat fries (has to be on Friday or Saturday)
  • Bear the line on Fridays and Saturdays for the duck-fat fries.
  • Go on Friday for the duck fat fries.
  • Go during the week for a shorter line. Although the duck fat fries are good, the sausage is king.
  • Duck fat fries and encased meats? Somewhat of a no brainer. That 30-minute-plus wait every time? Totally worth it. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Some of THE most unbelievable hot dog's and sausages. The fries are unparalleled.
  • If you want a more exotic hot dog, come here for hot dogs made with rattlesnake or kangaroo. Try the "Mountain Man," a sausage made of antelope, elk, buffalo and reindeer meat.
  • The Happiest Words Ever Written: fries cooked in duck fat at Hot Doug's. Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations
  • There's little doubt that Hot Doug's is the preeminent hot dog and "sausage superstore" in Chicago, perhaps even the country and world. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Doug has veggie dogs for vegetarians, bagel dogs for kids and specialities for the highbrow hot doggers. But his famous duck-fat fries are only for customers who come out on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • A Chicago-style dog is a steamed beef hot dog with yellow mustard, bright green relish, onions, tomato wedges, pickles, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt, served in a steamed poppy seed bun.
  • It's all about the duck and fois gras! Also make sure and hit up the duck fat fries if it's friday or saturday.
  • Foie Gras and Sauterne Sausage with Duck Fat Fries. Enough said.
  • Go early to avoid the long lines. But it is worth it either way. Everything is amazing and the service is great. Fri/Sat. is fries fried in rendered duck fat. Do Not Miss!
  • Hot Doug's might be the best sausage shop in America, so plan accordingly. Show up early, enjoy the wait, and look forward to chatting with Doug about your encased meat of choice.

Nearby places

1060 W Addison St (btwn Sheffield Ave & Clark St)
2900 W Belmont Ave (at Francisco Ave)
2939 W Addison St (at Sacramento Ave)