Hot Doug's and Franks 'n' Dogs
Will be in town mid-June and want to go to Hot Doug's because I have heard about that place for years and have never had the opportunity to go. I've checked the site, and there are lots of warnings for expecially long lines on Fridays and Saturdays, so I would like to avoid those days, but that seems to be the only days they make the duck fat fries. Also, it doesn't seem like it's convenient to the transit system, and I won't have a car. We're staying at Embassy Suites on State, which (I think) is River North area, and I'll be using the trains to get around during the day while he's at a conference. Estimated cab fare?
I was wondering if it was worth all of the trouble to get there or if there was something similar more conveniently located.
Also, I saw a tv special on Chicago food and Andrew Z was gung-ho on Franks 'n' Dogs. Opinions on that ???
The duck fat fries at Hot Dougs, while good, are not all THAT great and IMO, not worth the longer lines on Fridays and Saturdays. Monday-Thursday is my preference and I like to get there between 11 and 11:30 am. Is it worth the cab ride (and, no I can't tell you what it will cost)? It will be a great lunch. You'll talk to lots of people wouldn't have met otherwise. And what a tale to tell when you get home. So you get to say.
Franks n Dogs is much more conveniently located, and while it is good, it doesn't hold a candle to the food or the gestalt at Hot Doug's. If you don't want to take the time to get to or wait at HD, it's a reasonable facsimile.
Cab from downtown to Hot Doug's shouldn't be more than $20, probably closer to $15. Catching one back might be a little challenging, but if you walk back South (walk out of Doug's and head to the right) about 1/4 mile to Belmont and you'll be able to catch a cab. At lunch, taking the Kennedy (90/94 expressway) shouldn't take more than 15/20 mins from Embassy Suites.
Hot Doug's is great and no need to waste time for duck fat fries, the regular fries are great. Don't waste your time getting a Chicago dog, they are really not that special anywhere, and why waste space when you could have a foie gras sausage. I just looked at Today's Specials on the website and I might need to drive out for lunch tomorrow and hope he still has a "Cherry-Infused Venison Sausage with Fig Mustard and Smoked Provolone Cheese."