Gourmet Sausages - Franks 'N' Dawgs vs Hot Doug's
Just want to alert everyone that there is some new competition in this area. Franks 'N' Dawgs has opened on the Clybourn Corridor, near Trader Joe's and Goose Island. It's closer to downtown than Hot Doug's, but like Hot Doug's, it's still not exactly convenient to public transit.
Franks 'N' Dawgs
1863 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
3324 North California
Chicago, IL 60618
It's actually only a couple blocks from the North and Clybourn Red Line stop, so it's much more convenient to the train than Hot Doug's (which is close to a couple bus routes).
In any case, some friends and I went to Franks 'n Dawgs in February and had mixed results. The polish sausages were excellent, as was the andouille, but overall we felt like everything was a bit blander than Hot Doug's. The fries were very good, but the portion was extremely small for the money they wanted for them, and they weren't any better than Doug's regular fries.
To be fair, this was during their soft opening, and they may have amped up some of the flavors since then, but Franks 'n Dawgs won't be replacing Hot Doug's in my heart any time soon.
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618