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Hot Doug talks about life after Hot Doug’s (Episode 495)

Legendary Chicago restaurateur and sausage man Hot Doug returns to the show to talk about the future of his meat, life after Hot Doug’s, his new-ish podcast, Taylor Swift and the pandemic’s impact on independent restaurant owners. “There are no…

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Episode 300! Rockford band Yes Factory debuts two new songs live!

Live in-car performance! Superdawg hot dogs!

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Video – Yes Factory plays two songs in the car

Yes Factory made the trip down 90 from Rockford to play live and chat outside Superdawg!

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Chicago band The Giving Moon is given encased meats (Episode 180)

Chicago indie band the Giving Moon joins me this week for encased meets from Jr’s Red Hots (2345 W. Armitage).

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The difficult-to-describe, coming-through-in-the-clutch, Chicago band Midwave eats hot dogs (Episode 174)

Kyle and Brandon of Chicago band (and Chicago #next2rock finalist) Midwave join me at Budacki’s Drive In (4739 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625) for hot dogs and conversation. PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE Come to Cubby Bear on August 30…

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Chicago band Parker ignores the smell of I-94 to perform live in the Mazda 3 (Episode 173)

Up-and-coming Chicago band Parker (Devin, Trevor, Patrick) jumps in the Mazda 3 outside the iconic Chicago hot dog stand Jim’s Original (1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607). PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE Discussed in this episode, sponsored by Boost Mobile…

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‘Where to eat and what to eat there’: Fooditor editor Mike Gebert and Big Guy’s owner Brendan O’Connor (Episode 142)

This week, it’s a trip to Berwyn (said in the best possible Svengoolie voice) for amazing food from Big Guys Sausage Stand. I’m joined by peerless food writer Mike Gebert (owner and editor-in-chief of Fooditor, author of The Fooditor 99: Where…

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‘This car is the clean plate club’ – Singer Fiona Grey joins me for sausage at Roma’s (Episode 114)

Household-name-waiting-to-happen pop singer Fiona Grey joins me for an Italian sausage at Roma’s Italian Beef & Sausage (4237 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60641). I had the Hot Doug’s Atomic Sausage Combo and fries… and holy crap, it was good….

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Hot Doug is the Alec Baldwin of Car Con Carne (Episode 108)

PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE! Hot Doug’s: The Movie is coming, and the guys behind the documentary are fantastically talented old friends of mine, Chris and Nick Markos. Along with the titular Hot Doug, Chris and Nick jumped in my car…

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What’s in a name? Bad Bad Meow play live (Episode 99)

Chicago band Bad Bad Meow met me at Jimmy’s Red Hots (4000 W. Grand) for old school Chicago dogs and fries. We talk about the band’s history, that questionable band name and why most of the band members were surprised…