With my in-laws safely dropped off at the outlets in Woodbury on Black Friday, Hambone and I had the whole afternoon stretched ahead of us like an open road. Obviously the only course of action that made sense was to punch "Hot Dogs" into the on-board, high-tech, annoyingly cheerful-but-a-great-listener navigation computer in the Serious Eats Edge on loan from Ford and see where Cassandra (as I call her) wanted to take me.We headed to Pete's Hot Dogs in Newburgh, about as old school a hot doggery as you can find in this country.
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Pete's hot dog is strikingly different from every other Southern dog. It's one of those places where you walk in and just KNOW it's going to be awesome. It's a tiny place with a stainless steel counter and room for maybe six people at the most. Owner Gus Koutroulakis has been at the helm, cooking dogs on the tiny griddle from the same spot in the front window, since 1948.
This week on Hot Dog Of The Week, we check in with Pete's Hot Dogs in Newburgh, New York. Since 1932, Pete's has been a local favorite, serving up natural casing dogs with two different chili sauces. In addition to the food, the place offers a glimpse into the past of a changing small town.