Hot Doug’s: Get a Foie Gras Dog Before It’s Too Late

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It is impossible to not notice the publicity of this “encased sausage emporium” when you research must-eat’s in Chicago. Anthony Bourdain loved the foie gras sausage and duck fat fries in his show, No Reservations. Hot Doug’s is in his list of 13 places to eat before you die.

找芝加哥旅遊必吃的東西一定會看到這家店,Hot Doug’s不說自己是熱狗店,而是個包裝肉品百貨,波登超愛這裡的鵝肝狗和鴨油炸的薯條,把這家店列為死前必吃的13大餐廳之一。

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After the word got out that this sausage superstore will be closed for good in early October, the line became three times longer than before. Now, a typical wait is somewhere from four to seven hours on weekends. Seven hours! I would not even wait in line for two hours for the heavenly sounding hazelnut Valrhona chocolate cronut. As amazing as this gourmet sausage place sounds, no food is worth a seven-hour wait for me. We decided to try our luck on a weekday.

在老闆宣布要收店之後,現在排隊排得比之前誇張一百倍,假日要等四個小時到七個小時,叫我為了聽起來超誘人的榛果法芙娜巧克力cronut排隊兩個小時我都要考慮了,完全無法為了食物排七個小時的隊。於是我們決定找個上班日來試運氣。

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Hot Doug’s was opened in 2001. In May 2014, its owner and head chef Doug Sohn announced that he is closing down the shop on October 3 to take a permanent vacation. If you google Hot Doug’s, you’ll see that this means the end of the world for many fans.

On a beautiful Tuesday morning, we made Hot Doug’s our first stop of the day. My sister and I made it to this shop in Avondale at 9:35 ─ a bit later than what I planned to. The line was not too bad. 26 people were ahead of us. The line started moving slowly after the restaurant opened at 10:30 a.m. We placed our order at about 11:16 and got our food at about 11:21.

The two-hour wait was very much worth it!

Hot Doug’s在2001年開店,老闆兼主廚Doug Sohn在2014年五月宣布要在10月3日收店去放假,隨便搜尋一下Hot Doug’s就會看到這對廣大的粉絲群來說有多麼晴天霹靂。

我們挑了個星期二早上去,大概9:35到,是第27個,十點半開門之後隊伍開始緩慢移動,我們大概11:16點餐,11:21拿到餐點。等兩個小時完全值得!

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Doug Sohn personally takes orders at the counter. Warm greetings and patience with customers ─ he seemed to genuinely enjoy his job. This place serves about a dozen sausages in the Chicago style or other customized toppings in its standard menu and about another dozen of rotating specialty sausages. The awesome variety made me wish that I had a humongous appetite. We were torn among so many options.

The famous duck fat fries are available only on Fridays and Saturdays. Although I really wanted to try the duck fat fries, I did not have the time or patience for a seven-hour wait.

老闆親自在櫃台幫大家點餐,十分和藹可親有耐心,看起來很喜歡自己的工作。一般菜單有十幾個口味的肉腸,特殊配料菜單又有十幾種口味,菜單不時變動,恨不得胃口大十倍,排隊的時候一直在掙扎要點什麼。鴨油薯條超有名,但只有星期五星期六才有,雖然很想吃吃看,但一個薯條實在不值得排隊七小時。

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I looked around. Guys order two to four dogs. One dog each would probably be just fine for me and my sister. However, we waited for almost two hours, and this was the one and only chance we would ever get to try out this famous place. We had to order as much as we could possibly fit in our stomachs. But this is not to say that three dogs for two would be a suggested amount of food. I’ve seen pictures in a blog post of a couple sharing six dogs.

My sister and I shared three dogs: the Henny Youngman topped with the classic Chicago style, the foie gras dog, and the game of the week. The game of the week was a bison and wild rice sausage topped with corn relish. To me it was a very unique flavor profile for a dog on a bun, and everything worked together so well.

偷觀察路人吃什麼,發現男生都點兩個到四個,這個大小看起來我跟我妹一人一個就會飽了,但等了兩個小時,人生又只會吃到這麼一次,不硬點多一點不行。但我們偏小鳥胃,我有看過路人網誌情侶兩個人分六個的!

我跟我妹兩個人分三個狗:芝加哥配料的Henny Youngman、本週野味、和他們家的超有名鵝肝狗。本週野味是野牛加野米的肉腸配上玉米,這口味出現在一個熱狗的軀殼還蠻奇妙的,但一切非常搭。

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The Henny Youngman was a beef, pork and garlic sausage. My sister are I were both amazed at the first bite. The sausage has a smoke and grill taste to it.

Henny Youngman是蒜味牛肉混豬肉的腸,第一口咬下去驚為天人,有一種煙燻和燒烤的味道。

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The famous foie gras dog was a Sauternes duck sausage dressed with truffle aioli and foie gras mousse and sprinkled with fleur de sel. This creamy and rich combination was delicious! But when it was getting cold, it turned too gamey for me. It might be that I am not a big fan of truffle oil. The truffle oil mixed with foie gras mousses turned too strong for me when it gets cold. My sister liked this one the best from beginning to end.

招牌鵝肝狗是加了Sauternes白葡萄甜酒的鴨肉腸,中間塗鵝肝幕斯,上面大方地疊四片鵝肝,淋了松露蒜香蛋黃醬,再灑上手工海鹽,這個濃郁的組合超好吃!只是開始慢慢冷掉之後腥味就出來了,我想是因為我天生不愛松露油的關係,松露油加鵝肝幕斯涼掉之後味道好重,但我妹從頭到尾超愛這個口味!

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This already incredible sausage shop gets plenty of extra points for the owner’s humor. On the previous day, we visited the Art Institute of Chicago. We wanted to get an iPhone case or something of Grand Wood’s painting “American Gothic” for my other sister as a souvenir. However, American Gothic was in Cincinnati for a Grant Wood exhibition and there was nothing American Gothic in the store! This is why I burst out laughing when I opened the door to the lady’s room in Hot Doug’s and saw this sausage parodied American Gothic! (Here’s the original that it’s mocking.)

前一天去芝加哥美術館本來要幫另外一個妹妹買格蘭特伍德的手機殼之類的當紀念品,沒想到American Gothic被辛辛那提美術館借去展了,紀念品完全沒有這幅畫的相關產品!這讓我在打開Hot Doug’s廁所門、看到這個肉腸版American Gothic的時候忍不住笑出聲。(被模仿的美國歌德式原圖)

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The owner pays homage to Rene Magritte in the men’s room. The men’s room featured a sausage parody of Magritte’s The Son of Man and “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” It was hilarious to see these parodied paintings right after we visited the Magritte exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. These murals were painted by the owner’s friend, Louise Ahrendt. In his book, Doug Sohn wrote, “I will admit, it’s fun to be a patron of the arts; just call me the Lorenzo de Medici of Avondale.”

男廁的牆壁是熱狗版的René Magritte這不是熱狗和The Son of Man,前一天剛好在芝加哥美術館看了Magritte特展,馬上看到這個香腸版真的很幽默。老闆Doug Sohn在他的裡寫說:「請叫我Avondale的羅倫佐 (Lorenzo de’ Medici)。」

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Avondale is not a neighborhood tourists would normally visit. The location is quite inconvenient. From our hostel in Lincoln Park to the restaurant, it takes about 40 minutes and two buses or 15 minutes by car.

We took advantage of Lyft free rides to get to Hot Doug’s and go back to downtown. My sister did not have a Uber or Lyft account. We registered an account for her in Chicago using my referral link and my credit card. And surprise! We got 10 free rides of up to $25!

Avondale是個觀光客平常沒事不會去的區,說真的不太方便,從我們在Lincoln Park的青年旅館過去,開車大概15分鐘,大眾交通工具要兩班公車40分鐘。

我們貪小便宜又省時間地搭了Lyft,Lyft是個像Uber的公司,最近在芝加哥有特惠活動,在芝加哥註冊Lyft帳號的話可以免費乘車十次 (每次最多$25美金),如果有智慧型手機加網路、有信用卡、又沒有Lyft帳號,可以考慮這個交通方式。

 

 

Hot Doug’s
www.hotdougs.com
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed for good on October 3, 2014
Cash only

 

 

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