A Quiet Fourth, With Hot Doug

If you’re looking at the number of Covid-19 cases increasing daily (50,000 at latest count) and you’re pining away for your annual Fourth of July family get-together, I stumbled across something that might just help. Remember Hot Doug Sohn – the affable and amiable proprietor of Hot Doug’s in Chicago, with his wild boar and... Read more »

Hot Dog Eating Contest Carries On

The Fourth of July annual Festival of Gluttony at Coney Island known as the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is happening once again, virus be damned. At an undisclosed location. With five instead of fifteen participants. And no fans. I mentioned before in this space that professional sports contests without fans is, at best, a... Read more »

Fanless Pro Ball Games – Why Bother?

Suppose They gave a pro baseball game – and nobody came. An empty stadium with players on the field is too Twilight Zone for words. And it’s nonsensical, really. The fun of a ballgame comes from the people in the stands, at least if you’re there. Most of the people I have seen at Wrigley... Read more »

Jonesing for a Hot Dog in the Time of COVID-19

Hot dogs are perhaps the most social of meats. It’s still not that hard to remember the days when your dog was passed down a row of people at Wrigley while you passed down your five bucks the other way while sitting on your ass. Everybody touched your dog. Everybody touched your money. And remember... Read more »

Three Dog Day: Iconic Chicago Joints Examined

A few years back, Hot-C and I asked three buddies to join us in a hot dog tour of three popular hot dog stands so we could compare note and fill our bellies at the same time. What makes a great dog? And who provides it? We have been in pursuit of this knowledge for... Read more »

Hot Dog Fest in Full Swing

For the seventh year in a row, the Chicago History Museum is sponsoring its yearly Hot Dog Festival, featuring guest speakers and no fewer than seventeen purveyors of encased meat, at least one of them using guacamole as a condiment, of all things. You don’t see hot dog joints barging into Chipotle and begging them... Read more »

H. Dog Serves Up a True Working Man's Dog

5341 S. Archer Avenue Chicago, IL 60632 Tel: 773-585-5260 3-1/2 Dogs (Out of Five) Clearly a working man’s dog, with a burly, crew-cut clientele jawboning at each other between gargantuan bites of dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, this place says “South Side” all the way. Will there be a marked difference between our familiar and... Read more »

When Harry Met Elvis

I’m a hot dog guy, but I love me some good barbecued ribs, too. When your Chicago roots run as deep as mine do (I was born at Ravenswood Hospital), mustard shares your veins with barbecue sauce. And like many Chicagoans and Americans, I’m a Harry Caray and Elvis fan, too. Once upon a time,... Read more »

Help a Small Business, Not a Stupid Politician

The guy has been selling hot dogs out of a cart for thirty years. People love him, and significantly, they love his hot dogs. But when the cold wind blows through Indy (and it’s going to start blowing harder) it’s no fun. The thing is, folks are still hungry in winter. They still crave a... Read more »

Superhotdogger Flies Over North Avenue Beach

Oscar Mayer’s Superhotdogger took flight over North Avenue Beach yesterday in a mini-spectacle designed to make people hungry for hot dogs (as if anyone needed a reason to accomplish that in Chicago). Hot-C and I viewed it from an Oscar Mayer chartered boat, which had plenty of beer and hot dogs available, including the Sandwich... Read more »