Friday, August 8, 2008

Friends Who Lunch (At Hot Doug's)

Who says unemployment is so bad?* I can think of much worse ways to spend an hour than with a spread from Hot Doug's. Geff and I went for lunch today. Gluttony ensued.

Hot Doug's lunch spread, complete with duck fat fries. Clockwise, from top left:

Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Mustard, Foie Gras Mousse and Sel Gris
Pretty much the most decadent encased meat delicacy you can ever hope to taste. Seriously, where else can you get a sausage that's made with French dessert wine and fattened goose liver? My guess is now where. The meat is topped with truffle oil laced mustard, three enormous pats of foie mousse, and a sprinkling of unrefined sea salt straight from the Brittany coast. In a fancier restaurant, a sandwich of this caliber could easily go for $25.00. Hot Doug's practically gives it away for $8.00.

The New Chicago: Smoked Mexican Chorizo with Chili Mustard, Asian Pear Chutney and Indian Fried Paneer Cheese served on a Pretzel Roll
How many ethnicities can be squeezed into one lunch? The flavor combinations seem overwhelming until you realize that paneer is the unsalted Indian equivalent to queso fresco. Hot Doug's dices and fries the farmer's cheese and lets it mingle with the pear chutney. Just imagine all of that heat and sweet hitting your mouth at once. Pretzel rolls enhance anything put inside of them, including The New Chicago. $7.00.

Brown Ale and Chipotle Buffalo Sausage with Bacon-Garlic Mayonnaise and Smoked Cheddar Cheese
I am often compelled to try the game of the week sausage, and I've never been disappointed. Past trips have included rabbit, venison, and boar. Today's pick lived up to its predecessors: a slightly charred buffalo sausage smothered in creamy, meaty mayo, and smothered again with small cubes of slightly oozing cheese. The sausage casing snapped perfectly, yielding a slightly spicy lean meat. $7.50.

Duck Fat Fries
These potatoes are elusive. They're only available on Fridays and Saturdays. The spuds are always hand cut, but the rest of the week they're cooked with standard oil. They're good every day, perhaps my favorites in the city, but Fridays and Saturdays these perfectly crisp fries will make you weep with happiness. $3.50 for an order that easily feeds two. It should probably serve more, but I don't like to share.

I wonder if Doug Sohn is married? Not for me of's just a general curiously.

*I am looking for a job. If you hear of something you think I would be interested in, please let me know.

1 comment:

Nif said...

Gene and Judes is MUCH better.
How are you, Beth?