Hot Dog! It’s Hot Doug! A Bunside Chat from Chicago’s Royal Wienie King
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While the Chicago-style hot dog has gained international fame, no one has put more relish in our town’s wienie history than Douglas Sohn. His encased meat emporium, Hot Doug’s (2001-2014), was arguably the most celebrated hot dog stand between New York and California, located on Chicago’s northwest side. A graduate of the culinary program at Kendall College, Doug Sohn has worked as a vendor at both Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park in the 1980s; was a frequent server/bartender/prep cook for All on the Road Catering in Park Ridge in the 1990s; and cooked in restaurants, catering companies and corporate dining facilities before becoming a cookbook editor. One day a friend of his ate a bad hot dog, inspiring Sohn to open Hot Doug’s, the Sausage Superstore, in Chicago in 2001, and the rest was culinary history.