PILSEN — The thought of saying goodbye to Hot Doug's was too much for the people at Dia De Los Tamales, who created a tamale tribute to the hot dog king of Chicago.
The tamale shop — which celebrated its one-year anniversary Friday — already had plans to debut a hot dog tamale for summer. After Hot Doug's announced its October closing earlier this month, Dia co-owner Sam Wahl said they just couldn't pass up the chance to pay their respects to the hot dog spot.
Chloe Riley describes the Hot Doug's tamale on DNAinfo Radio:
"I would say that Hot Doug's was definitely an inspiration for us when we were developing our tamale plan," Wahl said. "[Doug's] ability to mix food genres and flavor profiles — that was really brilliant the way he did that and we were inspired by his creativity, his food artistry."
The "Hot Doug's tamale" consists of house-made sausage encased in poppy-seed masa with classic Chicago hot dog toppings including onion, tomato, relish, mustard and pickles.
Those looking to snag the pseudo Hot Doug's dog can head to Dia De Los Tamales, 939 W. 18th St., where the tamale dog will be served for $3 all summer.