Chicago's Cult Eateries Now In The Guidebooks

03/29/2011 04:51 pm ET | Updated May 29, 2011

On any given Saturday, about 30% of the crowd waiting to spend $2.50 on a Hot Doug's hot dog is from out of town. And sometimes way out of town: Owner Doug Sohn remembers a Brazilian couple who flew to Chicago from Miami, cabbed to Hot Doug's for lunch, then went back to O'Hare to catch a flight home.

"It's sort of mind-boggling," says Mr. Sohn, 49, who opened his Roscoe Village hot dog stand a decade ago and preserves its lunch-only, closed-on-holidays policy. "We're in the guidebooks now."

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