By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader
Dog Haus, the celebrated craft casual concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, recently opened its first Chicago location, which is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood at 2464 N. Lincoln Ave. Dog Haus Biergarten Lincoln Park owner Jesse Koontz will officially celebrate the opening on Saturday, March 24, with a Free Haus Dog Day, inviting locals to swing by for a free Haus Dog and experience the Dog Haus difference. The brand was founded in 2010 by Partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz, and André Vener with the goal of recapturing that nostalgic childhood experience of eating a hot dog.
“I am ecstatic to be bringing the first-ever Dog Haus location to the City of Chicago,” said Koontz. “This restaurant has been in the works for months, and we can’t wait to become part of the Lincoln Parkcommunity.”
Koontz added: “Dog Haus is not the typical kind of hot dog you find here in Chicago. Our West Coast take on gourmet hot dogs and sausages and our all-natural clean meats bring a completely new style of hot dog to the Chicago marketplace. We are incredibly excited to bring Dog Haus’ unique California flavors to the heart of the Midwest.”
As part of its introduction to the community and its surroundings, guests can stop by from 11 a.m.-midnight during the March 24th Free Haus Dog Day to enjoy a free Haus Dog from a selection of Dog Haus’ seven Haus Dog creations featuring signature all beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free, no added nitrate dogs served up on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Options include fan favorites like Sooo Cali, with wild arugula, avocado, tomato, crispy onions and spicy basil aioli; Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup; and Chili Idol an all-beef dog topped with haus chili, cheddar cheese sauce and onions.
In addition to Haus Dogs, Dog Haus’ full menu includes gourmet sausages, burgers, corn dogs, a fried chicken sandwich, sides, beer, cocktails and shakes. Sausage favorites include The Fonz, which partners a spicy Italian sausage with pastrami and cheddar cheese sauce; and Das Brat, which features a bratwurst topped with caramelized onions, sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard. All sausages are nitrate-free and made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. Haus Burgers feature 100% genetically tested, humanely raised Black Angus beef using no hormones and no antibiotics – never ever – in one-of-a-kind creations like The Freiburger®, with white American cheese, fries, haus slaw, a fried egg and mayo; and Holy Aioli, with white American cheese, smoked bacon, caramelized onions and garlic aioli. The Bad Mutha Clucka rounds out the menu offering guests a crispy fried or grilled chicken sandwich served with lettuce, pickles and miso ranch.
Lighter eaters and kids can indulge in smaller-sized portions – the hot dog slider is made with an all-beef mini dog, haus made cheddar cheese sauce, and smoked bacon; the cheeseburger slider has just the right amount of caramelized onions, white American cheese and mayo; and the corn dog slider features an all-beef mini dog dipped in haus made root beer batter. Equal attention is paid to the quality-driven sides, like chili cheese tots or fries with haus made cheddar cheese sauce, haus chili, and green onions; and beer-battered onion rings. Save room for dessert and finish off your meal with a Fosselman’s (a California favorite) premium ice cream milkshake or soft serve.
Diners can complement their meals with a can of red or white wine, imbibe from a selection of draft and canned craft beer options or sip on hand-crafted cocktails. Each canned brew will be served in a Dog Haus koozie, a nod to backyard BBQs; alternatively, all those with a classic PBR craving can get their lager fix with a brown paper bag-wrapped can.
The craft casual concept, designed to elevate the hot dog and burger-eating experience, serves up its quality meals within the contemporary aesthetic of a modern industrial space. After ordering at the counter, diners can grab a barstool at the communal tables, take a bench seat at one of the reclaimed wood and steel tables or step outside to the welcoming patio.
The new restaurant, located at 2464 N. Lincoln Ave., will be open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. – Midnight. For more information call 773-935-DOGS or visit lincolnpark.doghaus.com.
ABOUT DOG HAUS:
Dog Haus is a craft casual hot dog concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and a one of a kind fried chicken sandwich. Founded by partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener, three friends who share a passion for good food, creativity, quality and commitment to community, the first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena, California in 2010. Dog Haus has garnered critical acclaim and national attention for its signature all beef dogs and hand crafted sausages with no added nitrates, 100% Black Angus beef burgers, and a fried chicken sandwich, all of which are made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. All dogs, sausages, burgers and the fried chicken sandwich are served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. Guests can choose from signature Haus creations or customize their own from a wide array of unique toppings. To chase it down, guests can select great craft beers from a tap list emphasizing local favorites, and they can finish their meals on a sweet note with premium shakes or soft-serve ice cream. Open daily, Dog Haus currently has 30 locations open in eight states with confirmed expansion of more than 450 franchise locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado,Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. Dog Haus has partnered with No Kid Hungry for a year-long chef collaboration series to roll out a new menu item every two months throughout 2018 with a portion of proceeds benefitting the national charity in their mission to end childhood hunger in America. For up to date location and brand information, visit doghaus.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @DogHausDogs.