Originally posted by WildWalker
How would you all like to be served, and serve, hot dogs.
I'm thinking about the wrapper. This place used to use folded wax paper for holding and passing the hot dog. Perhaps on a plate. I used a plate last week. Unfortunately this place had a mouse infestation, so the old folded wax papers might be contaminated. So I just didn't use them. So this week, I could buy new folded wax paper; paper plates; or 9" styrofoam boxes. The foam boxes are more expensive, but it would make for a nice clean way to add a dill spear on the side, etc.
Then I'm wondering about which condiments are serve yourself, and which are served applied. What is the thinking? Is it so much easier to preserve cleanliness and portion control to serve it to order, or do peope put out skirt bottles of mustard & ketchup.
At JCI in Houston, dogs are served in-house on porcelain plates - check out the pix on the website (click for enlargements and more examples): http://www.jamesconeyisland.com/menu.php
Dogs to-go are put in cardboard boats - see the tater tots pictured - the boat for the dog would be thinner and longer - then wrapped in oversized wax paper that is securely folded to prevent leakage. Larger than one orders to-go are put in appropriately sized boxes, lined w/wax paper. The dogs are covered w/wax paper and napkins are put on top of that, then the box is closed. Chili and Chili pie are served in porcelain bowls, tho not exactly like those pictured; to-go orders are in styrofoam cups.
You pass down a line; dogs are prepared to order. The condiments table offers plastic utensils, straws, packets of salt and pepper and sweetener for tea, etc.; there may also be those horrid tear-open packets of mayo or mustard, I can't recall, but these can be added to order as you go down the line. My choice would definitely be for 'made to order,' secondly those stainless pump devices for mustard, ketchup, etc., thirdly for squeeze bottles, and lastly for those individual portion packets (which are never large enough). I guess the advantage of the tear-open packs is they keep the condiments fresher. Almost all JCI's have drive-thru windows, so most people who want food to go use that rather than entering the restaurant.
I would think the cardboard boats for dogs would be ideal for you, needing no wax paper unless your dogs are so good people are taking them home in quantity.
BTW, I'm amused by the pix on the website. None of them show more than about 1/3 of the quantity of onions that is actually added to dogs or chili or chili pie, etc. at JCI