There's no shortage of hot dog and sausage joints in Chicago, but one restaurant inspires a level of devotion unlike any other--Hot Doug's. People come from all over the country to wait in line for hours for a taste.
In part that's because the menu extends far beyond the standard Chicago style hot dog and includes dishes like alligator sausage and duck fat fries. It's also because of chef and owner Doug Sohn, who has stood at the counter and taken every single order himself since he opened his doors 13 years ago.
Doug has turned down million dollar offers to expand, and recently, he actually announced that he's closing up shop in October. People are freaking out.
In this week's episode of The Sporkful, Dan Pashman travels to Chicago to find out what makes Hot Doug's special and to ask Doug why he's walking away. Plus, Dan explains why hot dogs should be considered sandwiches and marks the 75th anniversary of the Hot Dog Summit, when FDR used hot dogs to help defeat the Nazis.
Listen to the podcast above, and please make sure you subscribe in iTunes. And enjoy these photos from Dan's trip to Hot Doug's...