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The Twinkie Hot Dog

In the last few years hot dogs have gotten out of control. By this I mean that hot dog restaurants are offering all kinds of toppings and combinations, most of which are just plain weird. Truffles, foie gras, raspberry wasabi sauce, cranberry, salsa, are just some of the things you may find on the current trendy "haute dog". And it's getting worse and worse. Those of us who place the emphasis on the actual quality of the frankfurter and focus on it's brand, how it's prepared and whether or not it has a casing (and if it's sheep, lamb, pig, or collagen) despise this trend. But there are a lot of people who seek these dogs out. If there weren't, places serving them would go out of business.

Is this just a passing trend or is it here to stay? Time will tell. In the Serious Eats article 2010: The Year in Hot Dogs, Hawk asked for 2011 Hot Dog Trend Predictions.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/12/2010-the-year-in-hot-dogs-styles-regions-trends.html


I made a few mentioning the use of higher quality frankfurters and predicting more places serving authentic Chicago style hot dogs. My last prediction was meant to be funny and not taken seriously. "Another prediction: Someone somewhere will stuff a hot dog inside a deep fried twinkie. You heard it here first."

I just found out that this is being done! A place in Portland Oregon makes an abomination called the Gristle Missile which is a hot dog shoved inside a twinkie, wrapped in bacon, and deep fried. I sure as hell hope that they didn't get this insane idea from my post.

I am reluctant to give the name of the establishment responsible for this disaster for fear that it may be featured in a future Hot Dog of the Week column. Just kidding Hawk.

Portland, like Seattle (home of salmon and cream cheese dogs) ought to stick with what they do best; craft beer. Leave hot dogs to people on the East Coast and the Midwest who take them seriously.

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