CHICAGO -- Most who lived in Chicago in the 2000s are very familiar with the work of Hot Doug's and head chef Doug Sohn. The restaurant was very well known for affordable gourmet food and dubbed itself the "Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium." The main location closed in 2014, but the legend lives on behind the center-field bleachers in Wrigley Field.
Throughout the season, the concession rotates through seemingly countless varieties of well-dressed sausages, named after Cubs-related people.
As pretty much anyone here knows, the last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908. The most famous players from that team came from the storied double-play trio: Tinker to Evers to Chance. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance are all three in the Hall of Fame. And now, in surely what they would feel is a much greater honor, they are sausages at Hot Doug's.
I tried both the Tinker and the Chance. Here's the Joe Tinker:
It was great, but I liked the Chance more. The Chance was one of my favorite sausages of all time, really. A true home run.
The same goes for the Evers, per my editor Sergio. Here it is:
He said it was the best he had ever had as well. Two home runs! Hot Doug's is, um, hot.