Yesterday we sought out some hot dogs. I snooped around online and found many differing opinions about which dog place was the best. After much deliberation, I decided that we should try Hot Doug's. (There is a dog place much closer to Hyde Park called Jimmie's Red Hots. They have a hot dog that has a tamale inside of it, and is covered with chili. Anthony Bourdain ate there on his show once.)
So we go off to Hot Doug's. It's about 20 minutes away in a neighborhood called Avondale. We knew it was cash only (a hallmark of delicious dining spots!), so we looked for a Chase Bank on the way there. Of course, minding the traffic on I-90, we didn't see a bank. We parked near Hot Doug's, made sure they didn't have an ATM, then went looking for a bank on foot. Boring story short, we made it back to Hot Doug's about 45 minutes later, hungry as ever. There was a line out the door (this was at 2pm, mind you), and the line continued the entire time we were there.
(That's the line coming out of the store.)
My analysis of Hot Doug's? Pretty good. I did make one fateful mistake though: when ordering, I was told I had the option of a grilled or a steamed dog. I know that steamed is the way a Chicago dog was supposed to be, but I also know that grilled dogs taste better. So I got them grilled. But it was a mistake! Randi's theory is that the grilled dog adds too much flavor to an already existing flavor-overload. She may be right. Hot Doug's is good, but stick with the steamed option if you ever go there.