Cool man. Half of the places on this list are local neighborhood spots. Enjoy your Amoroso's.
@TacomanJ yeah I love them still.
Probably the most complete history of the Seattle Cream Cheese dog, from Hanna Raskin in 2012: The Seattle Dog: An Oral History
Nice, thanks! Sechrist looks really good. Since writing this I've tried some house-made butcher dogs from Zerns and Q-mart, both of which were just OK. (Reiker's outside of Philadelphia remains my favorite PA-made dog so far). I'll have to check this place out at some point.
I'm gonna throw in a vote for my F. Dick 1905 series. A good weight comparable to a Wusthof but a little more affordable and they tend to hold an edge longer. I've gone through a bunch of different brands both as a line cook and at home and I seriously love these things. The 8-inch and Santoku are around 70-80 on Amazon, so sort of middle ground between the Wusthof and the Henckels.
Also have to admit I'm a bit of sucker for the olde-tyme look to them.
Love Grapico, first time I ever had it was at Pete's Famous Hot Dogs (RIP) in Birmingham.
I don't even really drink a lot of soda but there's something about obscure regional sodas that really make the obscure regional hot dog experience complete - see Moxie, Cheerwine, etc.
and thanks @Humberto
um.. but if you ARE looking for a taco topped with Chicago Relish, just head over to Frank in Austin.. looks amazing
The Frybread taco in the photo is in fact topped with freshly made salsa verde, not green chile or "disgusting hotdog relish".
The painting was done before the kitchen tests, and meant to represent an Iconic Frybread Taco, not that our version is straying that much.
Please forgive any ignorance on the subject at hand.. Monday night we will have Marcie Espinoza, owner of Navajo Hogan in Utah, in the kitchen with us to make sure none of that ignorance makes it out of the kitchen.
I eat these at least once a week. On a biscuit instead of the muffin.
Great article guys. On matters of authenticity, I think Pink's is enough of an institution (like Papaya King on the east coast) that we can just consider what they do "Pink's Style". Also their dogs always look amazing, and personally I'm a big fan of "longer than the bun" style, at least if I'm only eating 1 or 2...
Yeah that "photo" on top is borderline psychedelic. Kind of awesome that it was actually good.
Awesome that you tried these all out man. Yeah I agree on the Steve T, it's WIERD stuff. I think you'll really like the Plate Sauce, it's much closer to the NJ Texas Wiener sauce you're probably used to. I really liked the Don's too but it tastes more like a pasta sauce that hot dog sauce.
Never had Charlie's but I've been to both Gus's and Famous Lunch in that area. The sauce/chili at those Albany and Troy mini-dog places is almost as strange as the Rochester stuff but for a totally different reason. Chock full of what tastes like raw spices. Gus's especially was so strange, it was like eating spoonfuls of paprika but still sort of lacking salt. Fascinating to try a few times, but definitely not what I would choose to eat at home.
Tacconelli's is fantastic. Great to see it on Slice!
Heard about that, sounds SO good..!
Originally he told me the THANKSdog would be available for a handful of days before and after thanksgiving.. so maybe next week?
Not a phone picture. My camera was covered in 5 days of camping filth. Too good not to write about because of sub-standard photography.
So true. Also with creamed chipped beef, even old-school luncheonettes in the city are terrible at it. I didn't like any of this stuff (sausage gravy, creamed chipped beef, etc)until I finally tried it at the right place.
Navy minced beef sounds fascinating. Like a cross between SOS and some sort of hot dog chili.
That's what I thought the first time I heard about this place. But it's GOOD. Also, Jack's Place is ANYTHING but "fancy".
By "traditional" I meant in terms of Philadelphia, and specifically South Philly. The meats here are usually not on the bottom but sort of folded over - see here for reference.
Also at old-school delis here lettuce is usually shredded or left off completely - whole leaves of romaine is something that usually only happens at gourmet shops that are using things like baguette instead of local bakery italian bread.
Nothing wrong with this, it's just not what you want if you're looking for a traditional Philadelphia style hoagie, although this place is an exception to the rule, and really really good.
This place is mind-blowing, and like I said, the hot dogs are only the tip of the iceberg. I tried a bunch of different Kielbasa, and they have all sorts of Eastern European cured meats, check out these photos I just put up..
Looks amazing. Also I can never get over how beautiful Chicago's hot dog signs & menus are.
Lighter fluid russian slim jims sounds pretty good. Yeah Net Cost is amazing.
Yeah I'd love to know if they are really Kocher's. The receipt did list them as "Long Frankfurter Continental Koch" but it could be inaccurate. Also not the place to ask hot dog questions, unless you speak Russian.
You would enjoy Riekers, it's a great place with great products that I can't believe doesn't get more press or show up in more restaurants.
Spam Wellington, amazing. And most of these actually look really good. I would order spam carbonara in a second.
@slightlychubby Jimmy Buff's is great, and also offers a "pushcart style" standard dog and chili dog. I'm sure hotdoglover will fill you in on the details shortly, should be fun to watch.
@kenji @hotdoglover keep me posted. I still haven't been to Max's, Karl Ehmer, Hiram's.. I did pick up some Syd's dogs from Best Provisions the other day.. to be seen on Hot Dog of The Week real soon.
It's also relatively difficult to try several varieties of hot dog from 10 or 15 hot places in a single day.
I've done it and the best ones always seem to come after you're too full / burnt out to really enjoy it. Best to keep it around 4 or 5 so you can really appreciate the food from each place.
Awesome. I'm not against crazy topping / cheffy dogs but I agree these places in North Jersey are really some of the best hot dogs in the world, I would even venture to say this area has more great hot dogs per square mile than NYC at this point.
I was just at Tommy's a few days ago - awesome, awesome Italian Hot Dog. Marci's also looks fantastic.