Congrats to Hot Doug’s for taking the top prize in Poor Taste’s “The 100 Greatest Cult Restaurants in America.” This sounds great, but what does it actually mean? Well, the according to the official guidelines, the restaurant must “have a highly devoted customer base and should appeal to locals and tourists,” “the food must obviously be stellar and unique,” and it should be “relatively cheap.” Yep, sounds like Hot Doug’s to us. While number one, it wasn’t the only Chicago institution to make the list.
Coming it at number five was Kuma’s Corner, which has both the lines and the solid press. It was a given. The other picks are a little more up in the air. Pho Xe Tang, Sultan’s Market, Cafe Iberico, Billy Goat Tavern, Crisp, and Tango Sur all made the list. But what about Great Lake? Certainly it has the lines and the rapturous press attention.