Be careful John! The longest journey began with a single step.
I do agree that a great dog, like a great steak, cooked the right way... needs needs little else.
Well put Don! The hot dog, like many other things, is evolving.
My current reacuring craving is a Rueben Dog.
An interesting story, I hope, about my six Grandkid's and their friends, hot dog journeys. But please keep in mind that in Texas the only hot dog traditions are a charcoal griled Oscer Myer, or Ball Park, w/ a charcoal toasted bun, and yellow mustard, and maybe topped w/ some, can on the fire heated, Wolf Brand Chili.
OK, tha Zillas started out w/ a bland store bought dog. Mustard... naa. Ketchup they would try. One bite of a good quality dog and they would turn up their noses. As time went on yellow mustard became a topping of choice. Then came sweet relish w/ yellow mustard. Next came dill relish. Turkey dogs made a showing. Slowly came a taste for a better quality dog. Then spicy brown, and even dejon mustard, was a useable option. Un toasted bread was 1st, then toasted, then came a lightly toasted HD bun. Now, some of my Zillas are fixin to turn 22. Flour tortillas have been the IN wrapping for some time. Microwaved tortillas came 1st. Now... heated in a pan w/ butter, until kinda crispy, is a favorite.
Many now like the spicy dog shaped sausages, andouille, and hot links. Jalapeno / cheese sausage is a current trend. Toppings include but are not limited to... salsa, mayo, mayo w/ salsa, mayo w/ relish, jalapeno mayo, hot sauce, mayo and hot sauce, all types of mustard, mustard w/hot sauce, ketchip w/jalapeno, and ketchup w/ hot sauce. Something new pops up on almost every visit.
The 3 GreatZillas dog of choice is for now a small JennyO turkey dog w/ ketchup on lightly toasted wheat bread. Watch the young kidos closely while they eat a hot dog though!
A natural casing dog, Boarshead is all that is easy to find around here. has yet to take hold w/ my Zillas. Can you make a guess why? But... who knows what tha future may bring???
Maybe these kids are a reflection the way things evolve for the rest of us???
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