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We never got the Hot Doug mania, but if your friend is one of those people who moved before they closed and still can’t get over it, take them G Dog. It’s run by former Hot Doug employees and they have many of the same gourmet hot dogs (like one with alligator sausage) a really great classic Chicago Dog, and the same duck fat fries. If you have a nostalgic friend in town whose most creative idea is to get a hot dog, this is a good place to do it.
If you’re still in mourning over the loss of Hot Doug’s, then you need to know about Hot “G” Dog immediately. This place was started by two former Hot Doug’s cooks, and is very similar - with the same Friday-Sunday duck fat fries, and a weekly special dog made with something unusual like pheasant or alligator. While it’s not exactly Hot Doug’s 2.0, it should help you move on. Which you really need to do.