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Aimee Levitt

Gourmet hot dogs and ice cream in the tiny former Great Lake space.

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Before I went to Hoppin' Hots, I had never paid $8 for a hot dog outside of a sports arena. I had never had anyone in a hot dog joint inquire multiple times if I was enjoying my meal. I had also never been so physically overwhelmed by the act of digesting a hot dog that I had to lie down. Life is full of wonderful new experiences. Hoppin' Hots is not the first gourmet hot dog joint, but unlike Chicago pioneer Hot Doug's, its experimentation lies not in what goes in the dog but what goes on it. At Hoppin' Hots you have your choice of a duck hot dog (tasty), beef (tolerable, but no match for a classic Vienna), or veggie (mealy with a very weird aftertaste). Then the nice people behind the counter load it up with some combination of duck confit or sous vide pork belly or a fried egg or pickled celery or flavored aioli, and stuff it into a strangely grainy bun. I had to eat it with a fork, another new experience. It was not worth repeating. The excellent fried pickles, though, would probably go really well with a $2 char dog at Huey's across the street.

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