Hot Dogs Across America, Part One

I think it is well past time or a comprehensive list of hot dogs. Note: this page will either be edited, or I will make more additions for new hot dogs I eat.

Bison Dog
Wall Drug, Wall, SD
P1030774A hot dog made from bison meat. Nothing too spectacular. Its casing was a bit rubbery. Like the bison burger, I wouldn’t have been able to tell that it wasn’t beef if no one told me.

Chili Dog
Mory’s Deli
Chicago, IL
1-10-15P1040041It was about noon when we were going to head into the Museum of Science and Industry, and we decided that we didn’t want to eat museum cafe food, so we found Morry’s Deli. It was full of cops and construction workers, so we knew we’d be getting a good deal. I got a chili dog, and when Dad brought it to the table my reaction was “How in the world am I supposed to eat that?” It wasn’t as large as I expected, but it was piled with so much stuff that whenever I tried to pick it up it started shedding onions. It was good, and very filling.

Mac and Rings Dog
Ted’s Hot Dogs
Buffalo, NY
DSCF1749This post isn’t really going to be about the dog, which was okay, but about the onion rings. Which were fabulous. Unlike most rings you find nowadays, these were not overly processed and breaded, and actually contained real onions. Despite the fact that they made me sick the next day, they were totally worth it.

The Bulldog
Minneapolis, MN
P1030902For a bar specializing in hot dogs, I was kind of dissapointed. It seems like many places professing to specialize in something make it mediocrely and just load it with extra stuff, which was the case here. Mine was a chili dog with onions, and Dad’s had pulled pork and bacon on it. Neither were fantastic, nor were they terrible.

Big Daddy’s Hot Dog Cart
Copley Square, Boston, MA
P1040935The simplest and best hot dog so far. A grilled dog, on a grilled bun, with grilled onions. The dog had a nice snap to it when bitten, and the onions were fresh grilled, right on the cart with the dogs and rolls. The flattened bun definitely improved it. I find flattened buns infinitely superior to found ones; they have a better surface to volume ratio, and are easier to hold. There’s also just something nice about street food the restaurants can’t replicate. Watching your meal cook while joking with the vendor in the cold only makes the dog all the more delicious when you get it.

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

More hot dog reviews are at Hot Dog Blog:  Part Two

2 thoughts on “Hot Dogs Across America, Part One

  1. mary gilland

    love the food reviews, particularly the final sentence rating each place. one knows exactly how good (or not) each place is. makes me want to follow in greta’s footsteps.


  2. Dan Rabin

    1. I guess it’s safe to say that bison and beef are nearly interchangeable. Good to know.
    2. Rubbery casings: natural casings, made of real intestines, can be rubbery when cooked, but it somehow seems unlikely that Wall Drug would be serving up natural casings. This calls for a thorough investigation!
    3. Thanks for calling out the Minneapolitan mediocrity. I agree with your premise that featuring something constitutes an obligation to do it well—it’s almost as if Burger King burgers were mediocre. No, wait.
    4. Flat vs. round is a big deal to you? For me, it’s real vs. bad bread; but real bread hot dog rolls are quite rare. In any case, the bread must not be so bad as to lose strength under wetting by condiments. Condiment-induced roll failure is a leading cause of hot-dog dissatisfaction in the United States and Canada.



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