Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bad Dog! BAD!

A while back, I read a rave review in the Fayetteville Observer for a local mini-chain (two locations) of hot dog stands called "Hot Diggety Dog." The review made it sound like a to-die-for culinary experience.

About a month ago, Michelle, Mariel and I made an attempt to go to the one closest to our house. I kid you not, the parking lot was overflowing with Mercedes, BMWs, SUVs and any other number of luxury vehicles. In fact, it was so packed that we knew the long wait in line would be deadly for our three year old, so we passed.

Well, there is also one of the Doggety places near where I work, so I made up my mind to hit it at lunch time today.

I squeezed in next to a BMW and went inside to take my place in line.

Simple menu:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Cheeseburgers
  • "American Fries"

I got two hot dogs "all the way" and an order of fries.

Folks, they were absolutely NOTHING SPECIAL!

The hot dogs were of the Oscar Meyer variety, fried on a grill and inserted in to a Sunbeam hot dog bun. The "American Fries" had me rooting for the French!

All I can say that's good about it is that it was cheap. $1.25 each for the hot dogs and seventy-five cents for the fries.

Back in the Buffalo, NY area we had a local hot dog chain called TED'S JUMBO RED HOTS. Now that's how to do it right!
Anybody out there have a favorite hot dog stand..?

12 Comments:

Anonymous Ian House said...

Of course I do! It would be Nathan's at Coney Island in Brooklyn. Lot's of history. Lots of hype. Lot's of truth in advertising. They are beyond tasty!
... But the pricetag is considerably more than $1.25 when you factor in the flight to JFK...

May 24, 2007 6:06 PM  
Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I haven't had one in forever but there is a place here called the Hot Dog King. I hear that it is prety good.

May 24, 2007 9:12 PM  
Blogger furiousBall said...

you know hot dogs to me are like steaks - the best ones are the ones you make on your own grill.

Sbarrets are good stands on the whole. but there's just something cosmically perfect about dogs on the grill in the backyard.

May 25, 2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger Bardouble29 said...

I am with Furiousball, there is nothing better than the ones done on the grill at home.

May 25, 2007 12:31 PM  
Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

"Vic & Irv's" down at Charlotte beach in Rochester.

Of course now I eat Tofu Pups...

May 25, 2007 8:38 PM  
Anonymous SCOTT said...

I REMEMBER BACK IN THE EARLY 80'S A YOUNG MAN NAME OF JONNY REZNICK (NOW IN A LITTLE BAND CALLED THE GOO GOO DOLLS)SELLING SAHLEN-BRAND HOT DOGS OUT OF A CART OUTSIDE THE PINK FLAMINGO ON MAIN STREET. ONE NIGHT WE WERE ALL TOOO DRUNK TO DRIVE, SO WE TOOK A CAB. WHILE WAITING FOR THE CAB, WE GOT SOME DOGS, AS DRUNKS WILL DO @ 4:30AM.

ANYWAY, CAB SHOW UP AND WE PILE IN, EATING OUR DOGS, GOING DOWN MAIN STREET. JUDY SAYS "THESE ARE PRETY GOOD. ARE THEY SAHLEN?. I SAID 'MINE IS..IT'S 'SAHLEN' RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW." AND IT DID.

OH YEAH...WORLD FAMOUS HOT DOGS ARE STRANGELY GOOD (COLUMBUS ga). THEY ARE BOILED AND COVERED WITH EVERYTHING, INCLUDING AN INSTITUTIONAL-GRADE CHILI, BUT SOMEHOW THE MELANGE OF EXOTIC FLAVORS MAKE IT WORK.

May 26, 2007 6:14 PM  
Blogger CS said...

SInce there aren't many veggie hotdog stands around, I like the ones I can make at home.

May 27, 2007 5:32 PM  
Blogger Princess Banter said...

You reckon it was too hyped up? That's what I felt when I tried "In&Out Burgers" for the first time. Same simple menu... with absolutely nothing special about it. Yet everyone's crazy about it. I don't get it...

May 29, 2007 7:51 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

ian: I've been to Brooklyn many-a-time and never once sampled a Nathan's hot dog!

whim: I'll keep Hot Dog King in mind if'n I ever get to your part of the state.

f-ball & bd29: Ah, yes! The back yard grill is the way to go. Most espcially if you can get your hands on some decent dawgs!

wiz: I'll pass along your recommendation to my Rochester-based in-laws.

wiz (again) & cs: Another great Western NY hot-doggery was "Old Man River's!" They served up a grilled carrot on a bun for those so inclined.

scott: Ha! I love that story. (Though apparently the hot dog gig was too much for Mr. Reznick to handle...)

princess b: I think THE BIG LEBOWSKI did much to propagate the myth of The In-And-Out Burger's fame. Hmm... The mental picture of some place called "The In-And-Out Hot Dog" is by turns interesting and terrifying.

May 29, 2007 12:39 PM  
Blogger Lester Hunt said...

Favorite dog stand? Absolutely!! There is Top Dog in Berkeley and San Francisco, where I used to work when I was a hippie back in the sixties. Their dogs are Nathan's of Coney Island, shipped from New York on ice (never frozen!). Among their menu items are bockwurst, kielbasa, chorizo, ... and the cheesecake!!

May 31, 2007 12:02 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Kielbasa and cheesecake! Now there's my idea of a balanced diet. Thanks for dropping in, lester!

May 31, 2007 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Born in Buffalo, moved to Rochester, NY, and now in the Tampa Bay, Fla area.

Let me say that there is absolutely nothing better than a foot long Ted's charcoal broiled hot dog from Buffalo NY. Absolutely nothing compares!

Those Sahlen's hot dogs (probably smoked)?, are the best of the best.

Boiled hot dogs are for baseball games, not for serious eating,folks!

I've routinely drove 120 miles on a Sunday, to delight myself on three charcoal broiled Sahlen's foot longers from Ted's.

My sister in California makes a special trip to Tempe Arizona (about 450 miles) with all her kids, for Ted's hot dogs.

If you never had any Ted's Charcoal broiled hot dogs, and live anywhere within 500 miles of a Ted's, you've got to try them. You won't be disappointed!

My preference is: three foot longs, browned somewhat more than average, with everything on them.

What a treat!

For my last meal on earth, (talking from here in Florida), it would be Ted's hot dogs, over any other meal on this earth! I only wish I didn't have to travel 1200 miles to get my Ted's.

September 14, 2007 8:55 AM  

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