North Siders like to complain that it’s so difficult to visit restaurants on the South Side, so many of them may never have tried one of the best hot dogs in Chicago, the duck-fat dog from the Duck Inn in Bridgeport. Loop workers and others downtown will have ample opportunity to try chef Kevin Hickey’s encased masterpiece when the Duck Inn unveils a pop-up next month inside Revival Food Hall, according to a news release. Duck Inn Dogs is the latest in Revival’s rotating vendor series and will span from July 2 through September 28 in the space currently occupied by TriBecca’s Cubano, the Honey Butter Fried Chicken spin-off.
Revival, which features a collection of restaurants including versions of Smoque BBQ, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, and Antique Taco, has been successful in rebranding the old food court into something more upscale and destination worthy. The food hall is a member of the Eater Chicago 38. Management reserved a stall where they switch out vendors every few months to provide more variety for the customer and allow restaurant operators to experiment. It’s almost an incubator.
The Duck Inn is also an Eater Chicago 38 member. Hickey, the former chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Gold Coast, created a gourmet version of the Chicago-style hot dog at the hotel’s restaurant, Allium. At Revival, he and his Duck Inn team of chef Kris Delee and bar manager Brandon Phillips plan on serving four types of hot dogs. That selection includes a Chicago-style hot dog (encased with duck fat) on a brioche poppy seed bun. The Allium and Duck Inn’s dogs are among Chicago’s best. Chili cheese fries and Japanese barbecue duck wings are also on the menu at Duck Inn Dogs.
Duck Inn Dogs is a restaurant Hickey and company could spin-off and open stand-alone locations. Hickey called the Revival pop-up a sneak peek with plans to bring the concept “to a wider audience in the months to follow.”