It’s just hot dogs. Isn’t it a little lame to be waiting in line 30 mins before the store even opens? For hot dogs?!
Well when Anthony Bourdain puts this cute little store in the middle of no where in Chicago on his list of one of the 13 places to eat at before you die, I just gotta be there. So far, none of the places I have been to on that list has disappoint me.
So why is this Hot Doug in the list anyway?! That’s because they take something as simple as hot dog and push it to the extreme. Nothing should not be left alone and be seen as food of the bottom tier.
So what can we do with hot dogs… well why dont we pile it with foie gras and drown it in truffle aioli! Bring it to the next level! And that’s what they did. I don’t remember being so excited about eating a hot dog in my life… except the time i was freaking hungry and swallowed an entire hot dog from the vendor outside palladium which btw was the most disgusting hot dog I ever had in my life.
This though. This foie gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and fleur de Sel. Yes the name is so long, you expect it to come out from the kitchen of Jean Georges. I looked at it, and felt like I just found THE ONE. And I knew my life was about to change. I just knew it. I wish I could describe the taste to you, however my food vocabulary and palate is not developed enough for something as exquisite yet simple as this. I would not be doing it justice.
And just because I wont be back here for a while, I also ordered the spicy chicken one with chipotle and cilantro. Yum Yum Yum. It had so much heat packed into it, i could feel the fumes coming out of my burning tummy.
And then there was the fries. Again, going to the extreme. Deep frying in DUCK FAT! You heard me right. DUCK FAT! o m g. It was delicious… and sinful… and disgusting… and glorious… In fact, everything should be deep fried in duck fat. Seriously. Everything.
As i sat there eating one of the most amazing foods in the world, I thought back about all my adventures in Chicago. After all, I was heading to the airport once i was done with my hot dog. Im not going to lie. I actually really like Chicago. Like truly like it. And would actually consider relocating there. That’s how awesome Chicago is. And i looked at Hot Doug. And decided that this would be the perfect place to be with friends. And yes although I am all alone in the store right now, one day, I’m going to be back here with some of my bestest friends in the world. And we are going to indulge. and talk about the good old days. And marvel in how food has so much power in bringing people together.
And as I walked out of Hot Doug, I smiled. The kind of smile that you make the morning after you had the best sex of your life. Good bye, Chicago. It was a good one. A really good one.