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Scenes from Hot Doug's Book Signing

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

To celebrate the release of Hot Doug's: The Book, owner Doug Sohn invited all of the book's contributors to Revolution Brewery in Avondale for an afternoon of beer and sausages. More

15 Foods on a Stick We Love in Chicago

Chicago Dennis Lee Post a comment

Food on a stick is extraordinarily versatile—you have skewers, kababs, satay, Japanese grilled food, and lots more. And the best part about food on a stick? It's just plain fun! More

10 Dishes We Love at Chicago's Hot Dog Stands (Besides Hot Dogs)

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

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. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jesse Divine's Logan Square

Neighborhood Guides Amber Gibson Post a comment

When Jesse Divine first moved to Chicago, he lived in River North, but he much prefers the quieter, more laid-back scene in Logan Square. More

Staff Picks: Where Do You Take an Out of Town Guest in Chicago?

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team 10 comments

Don't let anyone fool you: choosing the perfect place to take an out of town guest requires planning. It may sound easy, but you're looking for something more than just an excellent meal. While the restaurant has to serve knockout food (that's a given), it simultaneously has to showcase something unique about the city. More

We Eat Hot Doug's Bowl o' 40-Sausage Chili

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

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. More

16 Cheese Fries We Love in Chicago

Chicago Amy Cavanaugh 11 comments

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. More

Nick's 12 Best Bites in Chicago From 2012

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

It's hard to believe how much I ate out in 2012. I probably ate out once a day, where I'd often try three to four different dishes. Then there were the occasions where I'd try one of everything at a restaurant, which immediately added dozens of options to the final tally. I thought putting together the list would be hard, but some very specific dishes jumped right out at me. More

Gift Guide: For the Homesick Chicagoan

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

We gathered together a mix of new and old delicacies, which should help get you in the holiday spirit, no shivering on the L platform required. More

Behind the Scenes at Hot Doug's

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team 9 comments

Since we ate every single menu item at Hot Doug's, we've been asked what it was like. "Absolutely crazy and insane" is the simple answer. But to get a real sense of what it was like, we decided to put together a behind the scenes view of the process. More

Sausage City: My Five Favorite Sausages at Hot Doug's

Sausage City Blake Royer 7 comments

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. More

We Eat Everything at Hot Doug's

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team 29 comments

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. More

10 Touristy Spots in Chicago That Are Actually Good

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 23 comments

When visiting a new city, I feel like I'm always caught in the that strange middle ground of wanting to sample the iconic local food specialties, while simultaneously avoiding the kind of restaurants that prey on my naivety and take all my money. These are the places that that offer an unmistakable glimpse at Chicago, while also dishing out great food. More

Get Your Stories Ready for Hot Doug's: The Book

News Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Hot Doug's is getting ready to release a book, and if you have a great story about your time at the restaurant, it may be included. More

Top 10 Posts of 2011 on Serious Eats Chicago

Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

As I've mentioned a few times this week, Serious Eats Chicago has only been going for a month and a half. So, it's best not to look too hard at the numbers and try to come up with some grand thesis. Regardless, here's our best shot: Chicagoans love fried chicken. And ramen. And any story that mentioned Hot Doug's. I know, earth-shattering stuff, right? More

Gift Guide: For Chicagoans (Expat and Otherwise)

Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

With the holiday season now in full swing, we've put together a little collection of some of our favorite products from the Windy City, including a collection of food, t-shirts, cookbooks, and other products that we'd enjoy receiving in the mail (hint, hint). So, whether you currently reside in the city or live far away and want a little taste of home, check it out and let us know what you think. More

The Alternatives to Hot Doug's: Where to Eat in Avondale When Everyone's Favorite Hot Dog Stand Is Closed

Nick Kindelsperger 15 comments

No matter how careful you are, you'll eventually make the trek out to Hot Doug's to find the doors locked. Happens to the best of us. Luckily, there are a number of amazing restaurant options around the area, including a number of different cuisines. Just don't try to get a hot dog. More

Chicago: 10 French Fries We Love

Dennis Lee 33 comments

We haven't met many people who don't love a great french fry, and here in Chicago, there are a ton of places to choose from. We scoured the city to compile this list of 10 favorite fry sources. They range from sweet potato fries to foie gras fries to the more classic, skin-on ones. More

'The Crazy, Worth-It Wait for Hot Doug's'

The Serious Eats Team 8 comments

Our man Ed Levine profiles Doug Sohn, owner of Chicago's Hot Doug's, in this piece on AmEx's OPEN Forum Idea Hub. Sohn uses humor and a personal touch to to give his customers "a break from the day." More

Hot Doug's in Chicago: Good Hot Dogs and Good Neighbors in Line

Ed Levine 12 comments

"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... More

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