Watch out Hot Doug, someone new in town is serving up awesome gourmet “dawgs” as well.
Ok, let’s back up a little. Nothing will ever replace Hot Doug’s. This I hold to be truth. However, if another gourmet hot dog shop happened to open up a lot closer to where I live and didn’t come with hour-long waits, I wouldn’t be upset. In fact, I’m not. Welcome, Franks ‘N’ Dawgs.
The owners include a chef with a pedigree that includes Blackbird and Sixteen and a self-professed hot dog lover. They have created a menu that includes the usual suspects as well as some more exotic combinations.
The Lamb Kemma is a lamb sausage (obviously) served with English peas, cucumber salad, pearl onions and Socca.
While both of these proved to be mouth-watering combos, for me, the bun made it an experience to remember. The “French-style pain de mie bun” (as written on their website) is baked daily. Buttered and toasted, it holds up perfectly to the juicy sausages. I would eat these without the sausages even. They’re that good.
Check out Franks ‘N’ Dawgs before the lines start forming.
Franks ‘N’ Dawgs
1863 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614