9 spots for creative hot dogs

Chicago-style isn't the only way to go. Here are 9 spots that offer their own hot dog permutations.

Photograph: Anthony Soave
Colombian hot dog at Rapidito Colombian Gourmet Bites With even more toppings than a Chicago-style hot dog, a Colombian dog is an eating experience. The skinless dog comes topped with cheese, pulled chicken, hard-boiled quail eggs, crushed potato chips, k

We love a classic hot dog at Chicago hot dog stands, but we also love it when Chicago restaurants start with a basic hot dog as a canvas and go nuts. From deep-fried hot dogs wrapped in bacon to a brunch burrito stuffed with a hot dog, here's where to go when a traditional hot dog won't cut it.

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Chubby Wieners

You'll find traditional hot dogs and Polish sausages, and you can go nuts with dogs like the Señor Gordo, which is deep-fried, wrapped in bacon and topped with jalapeno mustard, spicy pico de gallo and jalapeno.

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Ravenswood

Franks 'N’ Dawgs

The regular dogs are Boar’s Head, but the housemade sausages are where it’s at: The Tur-Dawgen is the juiciest turkey sausage imaginable, while the banh mi is a lemongrass and coriander chicken sausage with pickled daikon and carrot, sriracha mayo, jalapeno, cilantro and a spicy pickled duck egg. And yet the best part of all is the lobster-roll-style bun: The things are so buttery and golden, you may not notice the sausages they cradle.

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Lincoln Park

Haute Sausage

The sausage food truck has a relatively new Loop storefront, where you can find links like the turkey confit sausage, roasted red pepper aioli, duck confit and dilly beans, and El Puerco, with Poblano cheese pork sausage, spicy pickled veggies, sour cream and salsa verde.

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Hot "G" Dog

Doug Sohn’s influence looms large over Chicago, so it makes sense that Octavio Garcia and Juan Carlos Garcia, former Hot Doug’s cooks, took their knowledge and opened Hot “G” Dog in Uptown, basically reincarnating the original.  Down to the duck fat fries on weekends, “G” is the same. The line is shorter (to the door on a weekday), but it’s cash only and the Instagrams of your lunch are going to look exactly like your Hot Doug’s Instagrams. The Andouille is still “mighty hot!” and the duck sausage, with medallions of foie gras, truffle aioli and fleur de sel, faithfully recreates Sohn’s most famous sausage.

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Uptown

Hoppin’ Hots

The Andersonville hot dog joint's star is the modern Chicago hot, a dog topped with sweet tomato jam, a deep-fried pickle spear, jalapeño mustard and house-pickled celery, which hits all the right texture and flavor notes.

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Andersonville

Rapidito Colombian Gourmet Bites

The Colombian street food restaurant offers Colombian hot dogs, which come topped with—get ready—cheese, pulled chicken, crushed potato chips, ketchup, mustard, honey, pineapple sauce and hard-boiled quail eggs.

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Lincoln Park

Revolución

In yet another Mexican spin on a hot dog, this self-proclaimed “Mexican steakhouse” wraps the dog in bacon and adds chili, ancho-mayo, pico de gallo and Chihuahua cheese ($8.99). It’s served with fries seasoned with chili and cheese powder.  But hurry, these dogs sell out fast and are only served until 3pm.

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Lakeview

Timothy O'Toole's

This subterranean Gold Coast sports bar takes hot dogs in a completely different direction: breakfast. Its Chicago-style breakfast burrito contains an all-beef hot dog, tomato, onion, shredded cheese and scrambled egg topped with chili and sour cream ($8.99). It's only served for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Chicago

Wiener and Still Champion

The Evanston hot dog joint is best known for its Dippin' Dogs, which are perfect renditions of corn dogs, and you can also find a bacon dog, which is wrapped in bacon and deep fried. Add cheddar to take it to another level.

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Evanston

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