Hot Dogs in Miami [10/2/09 Update]

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Hot Dogs in Miami [10/2/09 Update]

I have decided to do a mini-tour of hot dog eateries in Miami-Dade county. (That's from Aventura to Homestead/Florida City)

The first stop, last week, was at Arbetter's Hot Dogs:


Anyone not in the hipster/South Beach set will think of Arbetter's first, when asked where to get a hot dog. They have been at the present location for over 35 years, and are probably the last remaining old-style hot dog stand in the county. There are several small tables inside, and a few tables on the wrap-around porch under the canopy.

Here is the interior:


This is a strictly dogs and fries place. They have boiled pork/beef mix dogs, served on plain white hot dog rolls. The available additions are homemade beanless chili, chopped onions, mustard, sweet relish, hot relish, sauerkraut and melted cheese (Cheeze Whiz?). No beer, just common fountain drinks. There is a row of hot sauces on the counter if you want to spice things up. As you can see, the prices are modest. The old guy at the end is the boss, and keeps the kids in line.

Chili Onion Dog


These are fairly small, and all but the daintiest eater will want at least two. The chili is mild, but tasty. I would add some hot sauce. The fries are plain-looking, but are slightly crispy, and not greasy.


Chili Cheese Fries


It was chilly and windy when I was there, so the melted cheese seized up pretty quick. This comes with a plastic fork, for the fastidious.


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Summary
Very plain, no frills hot dog joint, with a 1960's atmosphere. Unique to this geographical location.

Price for basic 'dog + fries + soda lunch: $4.95



[to be continued]
post edited by MiamiDon - 2009/10/02 13:21:55
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    leethebard
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 12:04:31 (permalink)
    That chilly dog looks like a straight out of the package dog from the local market...and undercooked> How was it????
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 12:14:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    That chilly dog looks like a straight out of the package dog from the local market...and undercooked> How was it????
    leethebard


    It was fully boiled.

    Tasty, but pretty average. If you look on CitySearch and other similar sites, you will get pointed here, because the other joints have closed. I wanted to show what it is. It is definitely not Rutt's Hut or other Jersey dogs, but they are 1000 miles away.

    Wait til I get to the Columbian dog joints. (you do like mayo and pineapple on your dogs, don't you?)
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 12:49:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    That chilly dog looks like a straight out of the package dog from the local market...and undercooked> How was it????
    leethebard


    How can you tell it looks undercooked?.. Its covered with chili..
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 12:54:50 (permalink)
    There is little of the end of the hot dog sticking out..it looks a little under done to me also
    quote:
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    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    That chilly dog looks like a straight out of the package dog from the local market...and undercooked> How was it????
    leethebard


    How can you tell it looks undercooked?.. Its covered with chili..
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 12:56:15 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by roossy90

    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    That chilly dog looks like a straight out of the package dog from the local market...and undercooked> How was it????
    leethebard


    How can you tell it looks undercooked?.. Its covered with chili..


    I was going to say... Hot dogs are pre-cooked.. All you do is heat them up.
    Nice pics there Don.. Thanks for posting them...
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 13:05:00 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by roossy90

    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    That chilly dog looks like a straight out of the package dog from the local market...and undercooked> How was it????
    leethebard


    How can you tell it looks undercooked?.. Its covered with chili..


    Hi Tara,

    I think you mentioned that you went there when you were in high school? They have taken down all of the signs about free baked beans when the Red Socks win the World Series, since the Sox finally won. (and they did give out free beans all day after the win)
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 13:09:26 (permalink)
    nice dog report, keep the dog report going, MiamiDon!

    p.s There used to be a place I liked, it was right across the street from the 163rd st mall...
    it was a Nathan's style place, burned down, from what I remember, but it really had character...!
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 13:13:49 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by MiamiDon

    quote:
    Originally posted by roossy90

    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    That chilly dog looks like a straight out of the package dog from the local market...and undercooked> How was it????
    leethebard


    How can you tell it looks undercooked?.. Its covered with chili..


    Hi Tara,

    I think you mentioned that you went there when you were in high school? They have taken down all of the signs about free baked beans when the Red Socks win the World Series, since the Sox finally won. (and they did give out free beans all day after the win)


    Yeah.. I lived near Bird Road from 1962-1984....In fact.. I can still remember going there before we went roller skating down the street...
    Between your post today and Ellen's trip reports, I am seriously homesick!
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 17:16:45 (permalink)
    THE PLACE ON 163RD STREET WAS CALLED CONEY ISLAND AND NOTHING SPECIAL, THE FRIES WERE THE BEST THING THERE, ITS NOW A LAUNDRAMAT. WHEN YOU DO BROWARD SOME DAY THERE ARE 5 REAL VIENNA PLACES TO HIT.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/21 17:24:21 (permalink)
    FORT LAUDERDALE AREA

    FAT LOU'S HALLANDALE BCH BLVD JUST WEST OF 95
    HOT DOG HEAVEN SUNRISE BLVD AND ANDREWS AVE
    HOT DIGGITY DOG ON GRIFFIN RD A MILE WEST OF 95 NORTH SIDE
    TASTE OF CHICAGO 1500 BLOCK NORTH STATE ROAD 7 (441)MARGATE EAST SIDE STRIP MALL
    MIKE CHICAGO DOGS PUBLIX PLAZA 9300 BLOCK WEST COMMERCIAL BLVD SUNRISE FL.

    THOSE ARE MY LUNCH STOPS WHEN IM NEAR ONE
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/22 14:25:44 (permalink)
    where can you eat Vienna Beef Natural casing hot dogs in S FL?
    Thanks.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/22 15:17:32 (permalink)
    I would have named the thread wieners in Miami.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/22 15:22:01 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by phatphil

    FORT LAUDERDALE AREA

    FAT LOU'S HALLANDALE BCH BLVD JUST WEST OF 95
    HOT DOG HEAVEN SUNRISE BLVD AND ANDREWS AVE
    HOT DIGGITY DOG ON GRIFFIN RD A MILE WEST OF 95 NORTH SIDE
    TASTE OF CHICAGO 1500 BLOCK NORTH STATE ROAD 7 (441)MARGATE EAST SIDE STRIP MALL
    MIKE CHICAGO DOGS PUBLIX PLAZA 9300 BLOCK WEST COMMERCIAL BLVD SUNRISE FL.

    THOSE ARE MY LUNCH STOPS WHEN IM NEAR ONE

    I was just in Hallendale on Saturday(we're from Gainesville, "no dog land", no nothing land pretty much), my BF was homesick for Bahia Cabana's rumrunners so that's where we ate. Maybe next year!
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/22 15:58:48 (permalink)
    Don't forget to try the tamales at Hot Dog Heaven. Pure Chicago style in taste and texture.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/22 16:27:48 (permalink)
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    Yeah.. I lived near Bird Road from 1962-1984....

    Bird Road? I used to drive Bird Road to my home in South Miami back in the dark ages. In fact, I was lucky enough to have been given the very first speeding ticket ever written in that area through the use of police radar. I happened to be cruising at 37 mph in a 35 mph zone when they were showing off their new radar gun to reporters. The chief of police, the fire chief, the mayor and the press were on hand for the momentous occasion.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/22 16:33:55 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    quote:
    Originally posted by roossy90




    Yeah.. I lived near Bird Road from 1962-1984....

    Bird Road? I used to drive Bird Road to my home in South Miami back in the dark ages. In fact, I was lucky enough to have been given the very first speeding ticket ever written in that area through the use of police radar. I happened to be cruising at 37 mph in a 35 mph zone when they were showing off their new radar gun to reporters. The chief of police, the fire chief, the mayor and the press were on hand for the momentous occasion.

    You speed demon!...." />
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/22 16:54:31 (permalink)
    Well, it was pretty fast for a buggy.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/23 06:52:36 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by ellen4641

    nice dog report, keep the dog report going, MiamiDon!

    p.s There used to be a place I liked, it was right across the street from the 163rd st mall...
    it was a Nathan's style place, burned down, from what I remember, but it really had character...!


    Yes, I remember it. It's gone now.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/26 17:56:10 (permalink)
    Hey Phatphil, Did you ever try Big City Dogs on Commercial Blvd? They were just written up in the New Times newspaper and they got great dogs and creative toppings.

    Just wondering if you ever went there.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/27 10:09:09 (permalink)
    if its just east of dixie on the north side of the street i didnt like it, kinda in the parking lot of a tire/auto repair
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/27 13:09:18 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by phatphil

    FORT LAUDERDALE AREA

    FAT LOU'S HALLANDALE BCH BLVD JUST WEST OF 95
    HOT DOG HEAVEN SUNRISE BLVD AND ANDREWS AVE
    HOT DIGGITY DOG ON GRIFFIN RD A MILE WEST OF 95 NORTH SIDE
    TASTE OF CHICAGO 1500 BLOCK NORTH STATE ROAD 7 (441)MARGATE EAST SIDE STRIP MALL
    MIKE CHICAGO DOGS PUBLIX PLAZA 9300 BLOCK WEST COMMERCIAL BLVD SUNRISE FL.

    THOSE ARE MY LUNCH STOPS WHEN IM NEAR ONE

    Hot Dog Heaven was always a stop for me when I was on the east side of town(Ft. Lauderdale)....

    And FYI.. Did you know that HDH was chosen as the
    "FIRST National Historical Vienna Beef Hot Dog stand?"

    http://hotdogheaven.infinology.net/home.htm
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/27 18:25:09 (permalink)
    ive been going to barry at hot dog heaven for 21 years now and nothings changed, and thats a great thing
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/27 20:40:08 (permalink)
    Phatphil, yes that is Big City Dogs.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/28 14:18:59 (permalink)
    MiamiDon we're ready and waiting for the post and pics of your next stop =)
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/28 20:10:52 (permalink)
    quote:
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    MiamiDon we're ready and waiting for the post and pics of your next stop =)


    I hurt my back in an automobile misadventure, but I have another review in the can.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/28 20:15:54 (permalink)
    Don-
    Beautiful photos! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your report and where you go next. I hope your back feels better.....
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/29 07:12:13 (permalink)
    my brother went here when he took my Mom down to Miami last year. I thought it was in so beach but it may have moved???

    http://www.dogmagrill.com/
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/29 07:23:32 (permalink)
    The Dogmagrill is way overpriced with average quality...would not recommend.
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    RE: Hot Dogs in Miami 2008/01/29 08:26:09 (permalink)
    The next stop was at the Dogma Grill on Biscayne Boulevard (US-1), in an area of urban Miami known as the Upper East Side. This area was quite run down twenty years ago, but is now undergoing extensive renovation, and is filled with interesting shops and restaurants, intermixed with seedy bits of real estate whose owners are hoping to make a killing.



    The first Dogma Grill was built on Miami Beach. There are now three other locations. This one is at Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 71st Street.

    For the curious, here is the web site, where one can view the menu: http://dogmagrill.com/

    I got a basic 'dog so that I could view and taste it more clearly:


    As you can see, it came on a poppy-seed bun, and bears light grilling marks. It is a National Deli all-beef hot dog, and is garlicky and full-flavored. I would prefer bigger, and grilled more (I didn't ask them to, though).

    This is the Southern, covered with "Dogma Chili" and coleslaw:


    I was unimpressed. The central flavor was the "Dogma Chili" sauce, and mostly I tasted some cumin and flour. Maybe this is their take on the Northern Greek/NY-System/Texas/Coney sauces, which are not really a Tex-Mex chili, but I don't think it is done well. Thumbs down.

    Here are the fries:


    They were good, but not great. I am pretty sure that they were frozen, and did not have that great internal texture that seems to come from fresh fries.

    Here are the onion rings:


    These were good! I liked them a lot. Full onion flavor and aroma, with a crunchy crust. They were made from whole onions. That flavor will cost you about $0.49 per ring, though.

    Summary

    You can view the whole menu at the web site shown above. The core of their menu is grilled hot dogs and grilled chicken breasts. They have a lot of fresh ingredients to put on the hot dogs, and they will combine them with lettuce to make salads, or stick them in a tortilla to make a "wrap". A turkey dog or a veggie dog can be substituted. Although the menu claims that "all toppings and sauces are prepared on the premises using only the freshest ingredients", I saw cans of Sabrett Onion Sauce through a window (which is not a bad thing).

    The hot dog menu lists 15 named combinations, and a corn dog. A basic 'dog with choice of mustard, ketchup, relish and chopped onions is $3.15. The top-of-the-line Burrito Dog has two 'dogs, chili, grilled bacon, yellow mustard chopped onions, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, wrapped in a flour tortilla, for $5.95. The fries were $2.60, and the onion rings were $2.95. A fountain soda, with free refills, is $1.90. Beers are $3.50. A dog + side + beverage combo gets a $0.75 discount.

    A basic lunch of a dog, fries and a soda comes to $6.90 - big city prices, indeed! Not a destination for a bargain hunter. I'll be back, because of the location and the onion rings, but I wouldn't cross town to go there.

    [to be continued...]
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