Nice artice in the 5/30/10 issue of the sunday supliment, PARADE Magazine. Not really a "Best Dog" article, but a review of the many types of served hotdogs around America......The actuall sunday artice had a phto of Jimmy Buff and his creation.....still my favorite way to eat a dog...although I'd gladly have one of each
The above link contains most of the article's content in slide format.....what do you think???? John Fox,could you list your favorites from that list in descending order? Just curious....what do the rest of you think about the types mentioned...any missing?
By the way thanks to The Sterns for a nice article
It's hard to do a definitive list of the best hot dogs in America simply because it would be impossible to try all of them. I think the brand of dog and how it's prepared is more important than what you put on it, although I love the Jersey style Texas Weiner, the unique relish at Rutt's Hut, and the ingredients that make up the sandwich known as the Newark style Italian Hot Dog. I love both main types of dogs; German style beef/pork and kosher style all beef. A great natural casing beef dog from Usinger's in Milwaukee or Best's from New Jersey would be at the top of my list. So would a simple natural casing Thumann's beef/pork dog.
As for this list, there are 16 types of dogs mentioned. I'll eliminate the dogs I don't care for. Barbecue, loose meat, Sonoran, Dew Drop, and Flo Dog. The Flo Dog to me is the most overrated dog I've eaten. I don't like the combinations of toppings here and the Flo's dog is just a bland steamed dog.
I've never had a N.Y. System dog. I've heard that this is a dog you may have to acquire a taste for because the chili is different. Don't know if I'd like it. Same for the half smoke, which I've heard is more of a spicy sausage.
Dogs that I like, but aren't among my favorite types would be the Coney, Dixie, Chicago style dog, and the White Hot, which is really more of a bockwurst than a hot dog.
I hear that everything from Otto's is good, but I've never eaten any of their products.
As for what remains, my favorites in this order are: 1) The Italian Hot Dog 2) Ted's 3) the Ripper at Rutt's Hut 4) The Jersey Texas Weiner.
A great dirty water dog (Jerry's and Dees in N.J.) is absent from the list as well as a great grilled beef dog such as Usinger's, the Syd's dog at Jimmy Buff's, or the Sabrett dogs at such places as Boulevard Drinks in Jersey City, Papaya King, Gray's, and Katz's in NYC. And of course, Nathan's.