I have to admit, I think this is my first food affair ever. Usually, my husband knows what I eat because we either cook a delicious meal or go out and eat a delicious (or underwhelming, take your pick) meal. Since his family has been here we have spent a lot of time at Portillo’s (because that’s what they like) and I think of Portillo’s as a take it or leave it option but not a deliciously great one. Although, I must say for some odd reason something about their cheese fries has my name calling when I’m in the area of North Lake.
That said, I did get to go to Hot Doug’s today. I got there at 10:20 and had it not been for the street cleaning signs, I would have found a much closer parking spot. I was outside standing in line at the door at 10:23 and there were already six people ahead of me. Nevertheless as soon as the OPEN sign flashed on things ran smoothly from there. I had looked at their website prior to going and I had considered the Cheesy Atomic, well, because I am a cheese fanatic (IF you Google kajmak with the proper spelling you will see what the ingredients primarily consist of, must be my Balkan roots). Alas, I shunned the Cheesy Atomic for something that sounded slightly more appealing to me and that was the Cherry-Infused Venison Sausage with Fig Mustard Cream and Smoked Provolone Cheese. It was the fig mustard cream that got me. Figs being another fascination that also comes from my Balkan roots. Just where does one find fig mustard cream? Because it was simply divine! The sausage had a nice sweet balance that worked well with the cheese and not overly saccharine at all, just perfect. i took a picture of it but I am unsure as to how posting pictures work on this forum. I did have the fresh cut fries which were good but not crazy about them all that much (For me, almost nothing lives up to Beef and Burger’s fries on Montrose near Pulaski). Suffice it to say, I’ll be trying some other options in the near future when I get the chance and Mr. Kajmac Johnson won’t be having a clue despite my Foursquare check-ins. Of course after I had eaten the sausage and was getting ready to get dressed for work, my husband calls asking me if I want to go with him and his parents to have a quick lunch at West River Cafe on the corner of Montrose and Kedzie. So there I was about an hour after eating the Cherry Venison, I was eating some toast and overeasy eggs and acting like I was not already full.
Oh and IndependentGeorge, maybe I will consider legally changing my name to Kajmac Johnson. The name has been an inside joke between of friend mine and I for years. We actually have other Balkan food/generic name combos that keep my husband rolling in stiches and us in fits of laughter.