Friday, July 13, 2012

Hot Diggity Dog

Aside from obsessing over American-worthy pickles in burger joints, I've got a real thing for hot dogs (which, I've already blogged about before, I know) - anything but the British kind (blech! bleurgh! yuck! spittoo, spittoo!). I like mine in a white bun (non-toasted), with ketchup, mustard, LOTS of relish (the kind you pump out of a vat of green stuff), and a sprinkling of white onions. Like tacos, I could probably eat two. Or three.

Below are some of my faves. What are yours?

1. The Costco Dog - I can't remember how much it is now. A dollar something? And that includes a drink. The part I enjoy the most is going around the corner and pumping out the sauces from the large, disgusting vats. And the fact that it's wrapped in foil. This is important. I don't know why.

2. The Copenhagen Dog - So, this is a new discovery. While everyone else in the wedding party last weekend was bragging (yes, really) about dining in the Michelin-starred restaurant, Noma, where the tasting menu begins at £150, John and I were happily consuming some of the tastiest (but probably still the most expensive, since Copenhagen is pricey) hot dogs we'd ever had. The secret? Crispy, finely chopped, fried onions and a secret, tangy sauce, topped with generous slices of pickles, of course. Yum, yum, YUM.

3. The New York Dog - I mean, I probably had one ... once ... at some point. When I was in college or something. Or maybe aged nine, when I was on the Chinese tour bus. Oh wait, did I just admit to being on a Chinese tour? With a tour guide who used her umbrella to herd us in and out of the Statue of Liberty? Anyway, I just feel like if I don't put this on here, I'll have NYCers jumping up and down going, "YOU HAVEN'T EVER HAD A HOT DOG UNTIL YOU'VE TRIED A NEW YORK DOG." Okay, okay, here it is. Grumble, grumble.

4. The IKEA Dog - This one only tastes really good after you've walked through the seven levels of hell that is IKEA. You know, you've jealously/critically eyed their perfectly constructed "rooms" (which NEVER turn out like that in real life, btw, NEVER), bought Swedish plastic thing-a-ma-bobs you'll never use, only because they're Swedish and therefore, cool, and cheap, and almost broken your back trying to heft a bed frame off the top shelf in the warehouse. Because there's no one around to help you. What's the reward at the end of this soul-destroying tunnel? A hot dog. Or four. For £1.

Apparently, there's a new place that's just opened up in Soho called Bubbledogs, which does champagne and hot dogs. I'm eager to try it out, but not so much with the champagne. I'd like to swig mine down with an ice-cold bottle of brewski, thanks, or Coke. I don't need to dress up my dog.


  1. I HAD AN IKEA DOG LAST WEEK!!! $0.50 CENTS A DOG!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I'm totally going to have one tomorrow.

  3. Tsk, tsk. You carelessly omitted the most important hot dog. THE CHICAGO-STYLE HOT DOG! I once ate 18 of them in a contest, and my first job was at a hot dog stand.

  4. Haha, Thelma! I said that the ones above were my personal faves ... I've never been lucky enough to try a Chicago-style hot dog! AND ... did you work at Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick? I just want to know if you wore the funny hat ;) Also, why am I NOT surprised that you participated in a hot dog contest??? Do love you.

  5. I LOVE THIS POST. I sometimes dream about Costco hot dogs... It's still $1.50. Such a deal. The most uniquely delicious hot dog I've ever had, was topped with tender, Korean bulgogi beef, lettuce and pickles. Too bad the place closed down. :(

  6. Jaime! It's not a hot dog but I thought you should have your radar on a bar called Unicorn in Seattle for your next stateside trip. They have corn dogs of many diff varieties. I had one w grilled onions, cream cheese and sriracha sauce. Delicious! Though I think anything w grilled/fried onions is delicious!

  7. Remember the Alder Street Café in Sumner, WA? About two years ago they acquired Lucky's Hot Dog Diner, formerly of Puyallup. I used to frequent for their Chicago style dogs.

    Also, late night hot dog stands in college towns have added cream cheese to my list of favorite toppings.

  8. TIL that cream cheese is a characteristic of Washington hot dog stands.


  9. More street food posts please!

  10. Mel, that hot dog sounds amazing! I know I haven't gone into more extravagant varieties here, as the ones I crave are just simple, American ones, but I am loving the crazy twists people are contributing here! Keep them coming!

  11. Paige! Thanks for reading and commenting! I will definitely have to try the corn dogs at Unicorn next time I'm back in Washington - I LOVE corn dogs. Sriracha sounds like an amazing condiment to have on corn dogs and hot dogs alike!

  12. Justin, you mentioned the hot dogs last time we passed "Alderwood Cafe" ... I didn't know the hot dog place was still there, though. I'm not sure how I feel about cream cheese ...


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