I am a huge hot dog fanatic. Follow the links for expanded details.
I often make detours for dogs. Today marked the beginning of hot dog season. (OK, I'm not necessarily convinced there is a hot dog season, but the perfect weather and the extraordinary hot dogs we encountered today is reason enough--and they do seem to taste better when eaten outdoors.) Today's chili cheese dogs were consumed at the Mayfair on the boardwalk at Asbury Park. We ordered well, the dogs are possibly the best thing on the menu. We each had one. These were good dogs. They were large in both girth and length, skins browned and splitting, with a creamy, pale pink interior. The crisp skin gave way to a tender, juicy interior, slightly firmer than the one at Nick's Nest. Amaya rolled with a plain dog. Aki and I had chili cheese dogs with raw onions and pickled cherry peppers. I upgraded with yellow mustard. In spite of their generous size, I went back for a second dog. This time with only onions, pickled peppers, ketchup, and mustard. The second one was good, but the messy deliciousness of chili and cheese won my vote for best dog.
With hot dog season underway, drop us your favorite hot dog recommendations, combinations, and discoveries. Send us directions to the dogs that make your days better. Best to share via Twitter @ideasinfood and @akikamozawa. Help keep us well fed while we're on a wild dog chase this summer.
May 25, 2005