Throwback Thursday: Hot Doug's

 

Last week, hundreds of eager customers stood anxiously in line for hours, desperate to get into one storefront in Chicago. New iPhone launching? Hardly. This was the line to get the last batch of hot dogs from legendary "sausage superstore" Hot Doug's, which served its last link and final batch of duck fat fries last Friday, October 3. This TBT, we're mourning the end of an era by sharing an essay on this Illinois icon from 2009, written by Jamie Feldmar, now senior editor at Tasting Table.

 

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Worth Waiting For: Hot Doug’s, Chicago

 

by Jamie Feldmar

 

Chicago is a sausage kind of town. Ever since the city’s 19th-century meatpacking heyday, we Chicagoans... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 7, 2014

Dark Chocolate

 

A new study shows that dark chocolate can really get your blood flowing. [NPR

 

Brew-specific glassware could improve the taste of your pint. [Popular Science

 

These days Americans expect more from their fast food. [CNN

 

Do you know the difference between a buckle and a betty? [Serious Eats

 

Brazilian hot dog makers transform your favorite team into a tasty dog. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 19, 2014

Break out the rubber bands: a better way to cut cake? [Gizmodo]

 

Five Southern chefs discuss the history and future of their region’s cuisine. [Food Republic]

 

Some restaurants know exactly how often you use their bathrooms. [NYP]

 

Yes, you can cook a hot dog in a Pringles can. [Food Beast]... Read more >

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Food Matters: Haute Dogs Revisited

Hot dogs

As we pointed out a month ago, last year we published an article that wondered if the humble hot dog—typically found between innings in baseball or bobbing in a city street cart—would ever get the gourmet treatment from chefs. After all, the hamburger managed to beat the odds and shed its low brow-status when Daniel Boulud introduced his DB Burger, a once unimaginable marriage of foie gras and truffles to beef and bun. Would the hot dog ever reach such heights?

It appears that it has. We've seen perfected traditional dogs like Akhtar Nawab's (he'll be serving them at the Beard House later this month) and dogs with Far East accents like the Fatty Dog at Fatty Crab UWS. Let's Be Frank, the popular... Read more >

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