Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hot Dog of the Week: Hot Dog Diner

Once known as Doozy Burgers, the Hot Dog Diner has gone back to it's original roots as a hot dog joint.

Known for their home cut fries and locally made all beef hotdogs, Hot Dog Diner offers you skinless ($2.50 each) or traditional casing hot dogs ($2.95 each).

So if traveling south of Cleveland along the 80 turnpike, exit at highway 71 North and jaunt on over to this Parma location

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hot Dog of the Week: Dawg House

We have eaten cocktail weenies and we have eaten quarter pound hot dogs.  Every once in a while, we even run across foot long hot dogs.

But at the Dawg House in Greensburg, IN they have a 22" one pound hot dog.  Folks, that is a lot of hot dog.

A pound of hot dog sound to much for you?  Well they also offer bratwurst, polish sausage, and Italian sausage for $2.29 each.  A bargain itself.

If traveling on I-74 between Indianapolis and Cincinnati, this place should be a must on your list. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Hot Dogs

Hot dogs at Christmas time is not a traditional food- and what a shame at that.

Thanks to our friends at who came up with 10 themed Christmas hot dogs.

Click here to read the article.

Merry Christmas from your friends at dogsontheroad!

We look forward to bringing you more news and reviews in 2013.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: The Dog of Nashville

Every hot dog place that exists has their own unique naming system.

Anyone can make a deep fried hot dog, but is it the name of the deep fried future meal that makes you smile or want to tell others about it.  Often it can as much about marketing the name of the dog, than the dog itself.

When patrons go to The Dog of Nashville, they order their version of a deep fried hot dog entitled the "Diet Starts Tomorrow" dog.  Or care to top your chili dog with jalapenos and onions?  Well the you would order the "Fiery Redneck.

Wining multiple awards amongst the Nashville dinning scene, this is the place to go for a hot dog when in the music city. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: Swiss Hot Dog Company

Sorry for the long delay faithful readers.

After putting a 'hard day' of work in on a summer day, sometimes kicking back with a grilled hot dog just suits the stomach well.

But if skiing the slopes in Colorado, does a hot dog sound good then?

Well if you ask patrons of The Swiss Hot Dog Company in Avon, CO, the answer would be yes.

Making each of their sausages or dogs, all natural of course, each comes on a baguette.  Fresh chopped parsley, onions, sweat curry seasoning, and brown mustard top the original dog while also containing two sausages inside.  A tasty and bountiful combination.

So as we enter the winter months, and you are headed to Colorado to hit the slopes, hit up The Swiss Hot Dog Company to fulfill your hunger.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: Franks 'n Dawgs

Question. What do hot dogs have in common with tofu, porkloin, and duck?

Answer: They are each options for a dog at Franks 'n Dawgs of Chicago, IL.

We have all eaten dogs that have been served by 'Greasy Bob' or 'Sloppy Sally', but to have a dog that has been hand-made by a chef sets this place apart.

They hand make all of their own encased meat, and yes you can get porkloin, duck and tofu as options.  They also serve and toast locally made lobster rolls for your dog or sausage to go in. 

When looking for something a little outside the box with an upscale touch, then this would be the place for you when in Chicago. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Founding Father

Though we have not been able to personally visit, or review, many West Coast hot dog joints, Wienerschnitzel is a staple across nine US States west of the Mississippi.

Click here to read an article about John Galardi who founded Wienerschnitzel, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: J's Dawg House

One of our readers was driving through Kenton, Ohio and took a picture of J's Dawg House for us after he ate lunch their.

They have 25 specialty dogs priced at $2.89 each, which is a great price.  Don't want a specialty dog?  Then just get a regular hot dog for $2.59.  They also make their own homemade onion rings.

Thanks to our reader "D.R" for sending this to us.  Next time we are in Kenton, we will check it out ourselves.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A breakfast hotdog?

We eat hotdogs for lunch, dinner, appetizers and as snacks.

But what about waking up an having a hot dog for breakfast?

Click HERE to read about a chocolate eclair hot dog courtesy of yahoo news.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bratwurst Festival Day

Here at dogsontheroad, we celebrate all kinds of hot dogs.

Well today, August 16th, is National Bratwurst Festival Day.

If you happen to be in or around Bucyrus, OH for the next few days, make plans to head to the 2012 Bratwurst Festival.

If you can't make it to Bucyrus today, well simply go out and get yourself some brats.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Essie's Original Hot Dog Shop

Pittsburgh, PA

The city of Pittsburgh is home to several schools and universities that share the cities quarters with sky scrappers, sports arenas and businesses.  One of the most popular eateries in the city is Essie's Original Hot Dog Shop or simply known as 'The Dirty O' to locals.   When you walk inside, you aknow you are getting genuine food that matches the blue collar style Pittsburghers enjoy.  I ended up with two dogs this day.  The first being just their own original hot dog, which is made out of all beef.  Though it was cooked on the grill, this dog did not have many frills.  A blue collar city giving you a true blue collar food- the hot dog.  The second, was called a Superdog which was wrapped in bacon and american cheese slices.  The bacon was also cooked up on the grill, next to the dogs so the flavors of the two melded nicely together.  At Essie's your mustard option is only brown mustard.  So if you don't like this option, take a hike.  There is a reason that this is one of the top hot dog restaurants in the USA, it is because people come over and over again.  It was packed.  The picture does not do the crowd justice as people were sitting at every table and others simply got their order to go.

Atmosphere- They have a lot of options for food and beverage here.  The above picture is of the hot dog counter and menu.  Directly in the back is the sub sandwich line and where you also get fresh cut fries.  Your beverage options could also include one of 400 beers that they serve!  I kid you not.  Though we did not have any beer, you could get a few of the beers on tap, but take a sixer out the door with you, or bust 'em open and drink it in the restaurant.  It is cramped greasy spoon-esque quarters, but that is what makes it a TRUE hot dog place.  B+

Value- Though the dogs were all beef, they cost just a tad more than the average hot dog prices at other places.  The Original Dog was $3.49 which is a fair price, but more or less just an average hot dog at that price.  The Superdog cost $4.94 and most of that mark up was for the bacon and cheese, although it was also a quarter pound dog.  The Superdog is priced just about right for being a $5 dog.  B-

Side Dish Jody says...I tried the Italian-o sub sandwich.  It was tasty, but nothing specific jumps out about it.  Ham, Italian meats, lettuce, onions and dressing on a hoagie roll.  However, I did order a medium fry for our table of three adults and three children for our table to split.  The suggested serving was for 2-3 people, and we couldn't finish the plate between the six of us...but they were delicious!  B-

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Johnny's Lunch

Cranberry Township, PA

Most hot dog joints are a labor of love from a lone entrepreneur.  Every once in a while though, one of these joints sprouts up in a new location to add a second restaurant.  True hot dog chains though are fairly rare but we happened to find one.  May I introduce you to Johnny's Lunch.  Currently (as of July 2012) located in six states, plus the Ukraine, Johnny's has been around since 1936.  Johnny Hots are the original dog which is a Sugardale hot dog topped with the original Johnny sauce which is meat based and topped with onions and mustard.  I tried one of these on the day and it was very good.  I also had a Big John Classic which is an angus beef 1/4 pound dog and topped with the same suace, mustard and onions as the Johnny Dog.  There truly is something that much better tasting from an angus beef dog versus an all beef hot dog.  Extra gold stars for the upgrade in meat!  I give hot dog places props for using family recipies or homemade sauces when someone could easily head to a bulk store and pour a chili sauce straight out of the can.  I also got a spicy buffalo dog which is a 1/4 pound angus dog topped with a blue cheese sauce, buffalo sauce, onions and American cheese.  The sauce was very runny and slid off the dog to easily.  Thicken that sauce up and let it stay on the dog and bun by covering it with the other toppings first.

Atmosphere: Set up as a mock 50's dinner, you can eat on swival counter seats, or in a booth.  If you order a kids meal, it comes in a cardboard carrying case that is a 50's classic car.  The marketing sense to give these to kids is great and they make a sturdy toy to bring home as well.  Though very few, if any, pieces of decoration were authentic 50's garb, the reproduction pieces still added a good touch.  B-

Value: We have had cheap dogs, and to expensive dogs.  Sometimes when we have been to places we get the special of the day, but at Johnny's, every day you can order a Johnny dog for less than a buck.  Yup, .99 cents will get you a Johnny dog.  Even the 1/4 pound dog options are around three bucks.  The company started off by wanting to feed people without breaking the bank, and years later that company philosophy still sticks.  A

Side Dish Jody says... I had a quarter pounder cheeseburger and split fries with the family.  It was a basic cheeseburger that tasted as if it had been pulled out of the steamer and required coleslaw on top of it to add flavor.  The french fries tasted delicious however, and there were many non hot dog options though none of them stood out as spectacular.  C+

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Arbetter's Hot Dogs

Miami, FL

Every restaurant owner puts their own touches on an establishment.  That is what makes it theirs.  Having Boston roots and being in South Florida is what make's Arbetter's Hot Dogs what it is.  When/if the Red Sox win the World Series, there is a sign saying that baked beans are free the next day.  The smaller quarters that all patrons wait in line for food, and the confined eating area would fit in well in Boston also.  When ordering dogs, this place has its own style.  If you want onions and mustard on the dog that would be an M.O. dog.  If you wanted chili and mustard it would be a C.M. dog, and so on.  Speaking of the chili, it is homemade and a perfect topping that flows down the dog without taking away from the taste of the grill it was made on.  I had a C.O and an All Around dog which has mustard, onions, and relish.  This would qualify as a greasy spoon restaurant of the South, but that is EXACTLY what a hot dog shop should be.

Atmosphere You walk in the small building and you are hit square in the face with Bostonian sports flare.  A tribute to Larry Bird that includes a sign that says "Free Refills when you say 'I Love Larry Bird' "  This would be a true hole in the wall place that is void of even a website.  You can see the entire process of them preparing your dogs for you which is always cool to see.  Judging by the line of people that filled the restaurant on a monsoon-like day when we attended, shows that customers are loyal.  The place may sit 25 people IF it gets crowded, but most people grab their dogs and hit the road it looks like.  B+

Value Very reasonably priced with the C.O dogs coming in at $2.15 each and the All Around dog comes in under two bucks at $1.95 so you get a lot of bang (including the indigestion) for a great price.  Fries are $2.05 and adding chili or cheese to your fries only tops the scales at $3.15.  Kudos for a local small business for keeping prices so low that people come back not only for the taste, but because it doesn't break anyone's budget either.  A

Side Dish Jody says...Typically the only non hot dog options would be fries or chili cheese fries.  I started with the chili cheese fries and they were greasy and delicious.  The hi-light food of the visit was when the owner ordered several pizzas from a local pizzeria and gave out slices in celebration of the recent Miami Heat championship. D+ (minus the pizza)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hot Dog Cart Shut Down

A 13 year old boy from Holland, MI decided to peddle hot dogs for some extra money.

Well click here to read the article courtesy of as to why his entrepreneur style was shut down before it even started.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Papa's Dogs and More

Grandville, MI 

When a new hot dog place sprouts up, they have to have a niche.  A different way to attract people into their establishment.  Well, Papa's Dogs and More makes hot dogs the only way the owner knew how to have a hot dog for many years... bake fresh bread and insert the hot dog.  You see, the 'bun' is not really a bun at all, but daily fresh made bread baked to engulf the dog.  When the owner was a child he came from very humble beginnings.  The family did not have much money so they ate hot dogs often.  Well his father baked the bread, and put a hot dog inside.  As simple as that.  It was not until he was in high school and went to a football game, did he know that people actually have buns to put a hot dog on.  Well after having these dogs, I may never ask for a bun again.  How can you beat FRESH bread so soft, that I actually enjoyed the bread more than the dog...which NEVER happens.  You order your dog based on the bread (white, honey wheat, garlic cheese, pretzel) and then head to the toppings bar for as many of the 19 toppings you choose.  You can also get a polish dog, cheddarwurst, smoked brat or 1/4 pound dog options as well.  The demand for these dogs is growing incredibly fast, and for all of the claims the owner made, I wholeheartedly believe all of those claims will come true!

Atmosphere- This is not the most scenic place.  It is located in a run down strip mall, but when you walk inside, the energy and spirit of the family (employees) makes you forget the outside and surroundings.  Since they bake their bread, you can actually see the kitchen and the process the bread goes through, this was one of the more unique traits about the place.  There is ample seating for many people, and for going there during a holiday 'lull' it was still hopping with patrons.  There is a food challenge, where if you complete the 'Bullmastiff challenge' you can get your meal free.  They also had a sign on the wall that I of course had to sign and laugh for it read this "WARNING, General consensus has determined that consuming Papa Dogs can be habit forming."  Forget the decorations on the wall (there are not many) just go and eat for the GOOD FOOD! C

Value-  The owner said to me "The greatest compliment someone can give me is that my food is to cheap."   Uh, cheap might be the biggest understatement of all time in the hot dog world.  The Papa Dog Deal includes two Papa Dogs, a drink, chips and two cookies (which are freshly made daily as well, and vary based on what he feels like baking that day) all for $6....DID YOU HEAR ME?  Six George Washington's for all of that.  Each Papa dog could easily sell for six bucks, EASILY.  So six bucks for the meal, or you could just buy a lone Papa Dog for $2.50.  Upgrading to a cheddarwurst or bull dog is a bit more.  I had a Papa Dog on soft pretzel, and a Papa Dog on white.  We have reviewed cheap hot dogs, and expensive hot dogs, but we are giving our first ever A+ in value here!

Side Dish Jody says... At first glance I was nervous about the lack of non hot dog options.  My primary choices were a gigantic cinnamon roll or pecan roll.  But after further discussion, they have homemade soups and homemade bread bowls in the colder months.  I could also call ahead for a chicken tenderloin baked into the bread, which I will definitely get next time.  On this trip I had the pecan roll which was overwhelmingly large, rich and delicious.  A

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chestnut Retains Hot Dog Crown

For the past six years, Joey Chestnut has started off his fourth of July by engorging himself to win the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.

Well Chestnut broke his own consumption record in the 10 minute allowable frame.

Click HERE to read the article courtesy of the

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Island Dogs

Key West, FL

This post comes off of the suggestion of one of our readers.  L.H. wrote to us and said "We were there last weekend (2nd trip) with 8 people and all thought they were fantastic.  One night we even had them on a pizza with bacon - totally unreal!"  

Well while on vacation in the Florida Keys we had to check it out to see if L.H. was indeed speaking the truth.  I had the bacon wrapped Island Dog just as suggested and this dog was big and thick!  The red onion and sweet chili sauce topped the bacon and the banana peppers complimented it nicely.  I gobbled it down, and it wasn't even as a meal, but a mid day treat.  I am sure that many people look at this and think it is just a bar that serves food instead of a restaurant, but if more bars served hot dogs like these, than all of our stomachs would be better off.

Atmosphere- Located on Front Street where much of the hullabaloo of Key West is, this is an open air bar that is an ideal setting for eating a hot dog in paradise.  Many people coming off the cruise ships or staggering around town could choose from many bars or restaurants in the area, but to my knowledge, it was the only place that advertised a good hot dog.  Belly up to the bar, or enjoy many of the seats on the patio while people watch and enjoy the festivities of Key West.  B+

This is a bit slanted because the price of an Island Dog was $9.50 (which also came with the pictured pile of shoe string fries) and much more than we would normally spend on a hot dog. But, considering the area of the country you are in, most everything is a little more pricy because tourists carry money.  The big quarter pound hot dog was well worth this and NOT just an average hot dog.  You could build your own hot dog for a bit cheaper, but L.H. pegged it dead on!  B+

Side Dish Jody says... Since this was a full service restaurant there were many non hot dog options.  I chose the chicken fingers and french fries, and honestly raved about the chicken fingers 3-4 days later.  They were definitely homemade not frozen and popped in the deep fryer.  A-

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: Barker's Red Hots

In the summer time we all see street vendors boiling and selling their hot dogs.

Most of them are owned by a private individual who is just out looking to make a few bucks on the side during a bustling town event or on a hot weekend day.

Well, Barker's Red Hots of Marietta, GA has taken the street vending of hot dog, and added the twist that has kept them in business since 1984.

Barker's uses charcoal to cook all of their dogs over and by slightly scoring them, you get a unique crunch and snap as you bite into the dogs.  Barker's uses a dog that has been making and producing meat by the same family for five generations dating back to the 1860's!

Even from a hot dog cart, each dog is made to order on the spot.  Though it may take a few extra minutes to get what you want, at least it will be fresh.

So when in metropolitan Atlanta, look for the big yellow umbrella's with Barker's on it.  Find out for yourself why the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls it 'Atlanta's Best Hot Dog'.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hot Dog Pizza..part II

Back in April, we told you about how Pizza Hut was releasing a hot dog stuffed crust pizza.

Well Rosati's of Chicago, has decided to make a combination of two of American's favorite pig out foods with their chili-cheese dog pizza.

Click here to read the article courtesy of CBS Chicago.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hot dogs and basbeball

We love baseball on our blog!

Check out stadium dogs (on the right side) to see where we have eaten dogs around the country.

Well one of our friendly competitor blogs, Yanks Franks, have actually started advertising at the local little league stadium.

Thumbs up for supporting baseball at all levels!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Littering of Hot Dogs?

Hot dogs have been shot out of air cannons at basketball or baseball games.  They have been peddled and pushed by vendors, and used to entice people to come to an event.

We have seen hot dogs used in so many advertising ploys, but this one might be top dog.

Click HERE to read the story from ABC news about a helicopter dropping hot dogs.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: Callahan's

Callahan's of New Jersey has lived on the same principle since its inception in 1950- "So big, so good".

Located just 20 miles (or depending on traffic, 3 hours) from NYC, Callahan's has insisted that each of their hot dogs is made from only the highest quality beef.

Order your regular dog, or your superdog (foot long) and top it with any or all of the three toppings offered: chili, cheese and onions.

Keeping it simple and delicious has made Callahan's an icon of East Coast hotdogs for the past 60+ years, and the continued support of patrons will keep it going for the next 60+ years.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hot dog Slinger

What does being a lawyer and a hot dog vendor have in common?

Click HERE to read the story of a Nebraska lawyer who turned a part time gig into being a stable at Cornhusker football games.  The story is courtesy of

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Michigan's Coney Dogs

A few weeks back we hi-lighted the search for Michigan's Best Coney Dogs.

Well finished it's contest and the results are in.

Click HERE to read about the Top 10 places in the Great Lakes state to eat a coney dog, as well as the honorable mention list.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hot Dog Pizza?

Americans have junk food favorites galore.

Pizza, buffalo wings, potato chips, and of course our beloved hot dogs.

Well Pizza Hut has released a hot dog stuffed crust pizza in the U.K.

Click HERE to read the article courtesy of the

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: Trolly Stop Hot Dogs

How many hot dog shops give your five different choices for a dog?

Now by choices, I do not mean what goes ON the dog, I mean five choices for the KIND of dog.

Well, at Trolley Stop Hot Dogs that spans five locations along the North Carolina's Atlantic coast, they offer you the following choices in your dog BEFORE you adorn it with the kind of dog you want. Start off with a Sabrett, Original, Carolina smoked sausage, vegetarian, or fat free turkey dog.

Then select one of 13 dog choices.

On the go for the day with your family dog? Well if you show up to one of their hot dog cart peddlers, they will give your dog a hot dog as well.

So when traveling on the road, and the family pooch is hungry too, head to Trolley Stop Hot Dogs.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Michigan's Best Coney Dog

This side of the Eastern U.S. shore, Michigan could perhaps be the state that sells the most coney dogs.

A true coney dog is an all beef hot dog served with a bean-less chili sauce, onions and mustard.

West Michigan has four entrants vying for the bid to represent the area in the Michigan based contest.

Click here to read the full article courtesy of

Friday, March 23, 2012

Top price for a hot dog

When we go to review hot dog joints, one of the things we mention is the price of the hot dogs.

Generally, most place are selling hot dogs in the $2-$4 range per dog, which seems fair.

This is not a filet mignon site, it is hot dogs. Unless a hot dog is a foot long, or a jumbo dog, or at a specialty event, hot dogs are usually fairly cheap.

Well if you are planning to attend a Texas Rangers baseball game this summer, you might see a hot dog price that will make your wallet scream for help.

Click HERE to read the story about a $26 dollar hot dog!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Hot Dog A Day Means Call the Doctor

The old adage states that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Well according to a report from the Bloomberg News, a study performed by the Archives of Internal Medicine says eating a hot dog a day increases your chance of cancer or dying by over 20 %.

For those of you who need a little background on myself, in 2008, my New Years resolution was to consume an average of one hot dog a day for an entire year. I successfully cramed in 366 hot dogs (leap year).

Click HERE to read the article, but PLEASE do not stop eating hot dogs. Some of us depend on them.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Zogg's Doggs

Zogg's Doggs

At first glance at the name of this restaurant, you would think it came from a Dr. Seuss book. However it did not. The owner knew he liked hot dogs, and wanted to run a business, therefore Zogg's Doggs was spawned by an out of work victim of the movie industry gone belly-up in Michigan. An address of 135 1/2 should be the first clue that this is not your run-of-the-mill hot dog place. The menu was developed from mid-afternoon trial and error experiments. Having 40 different options for hot dogs is a crazy number, and they are not done yet. Nothing is pre-made so even a specialty dog can be made on the spot, so having 40 or 50 or more options is great for an owner. Not to mention the fun job of trying to find the next delicious hot dog.

Atmosphere- In having a So-Cal influence that bordered between a skate park and a tiki-hut, there was a lot of eclectic tastes in a small space. The surfboard that meets you when you walk in was the first inspiration piece for decoration. Along one wall there was even a TV and video game system for customers to play. Seriously, why haven't people thought of this before? Everyone wants food while gaming so why not put a gaming system in your restaurant? Just put a timer on the system so people don't sit and play 6 hours of some mind numbing game while only buying one hot dog. B-

Value- Each of their dogs costs only $3.00 which is a very fair price considering the number of hot dog options (40), toppings and specialty toppings (26), veggies (12), cheeses (9) and meats (6). I had three dogs on this trip which included the Pastrami Tsunami, the Mahalo Dogg and the Burnin' House Dogg. The Tsunami had pastrami, jalapeno bacon, cream cheese on the bottom, mozzarella cheese and banana peppers. The Mahalo consisted of baked beans, shredded cheese, onions, and bacon bits across the dogg. Out of the three, I preferred the Burnin' House Dogg the best. The all beef hot dog(g) was topped with bleu cheese, buffalo wing sauce and dashes of celery salt. Out of all the places I have gone to eat hot dogs that were created by the owner, this dog tops the list. The other two dogs were mighty tasty, but I honestly wish I tried three of the Burnin' House Dogg's instead. Take my 3 bucks any time man! A-

Side Dish Jody says...
Although I thoroughly enjoyed watching Hot Dog Guy eat the Burnin' House Dogg, the selection of non-hot dog options was far fewer than the rest of the menu. My selection was limited to a walking taco, chips/chili/cheese or one of three side dishes - baked beans, mac-n-cheese, or coleslaw. I tried both the coleslaw and mac-n-cheese. The coleslaw was nothing spectacular however the mac-n-cheese was quite flavorful with flecks of black pepper throughout. They could also really improve their beverage selection by offering fountain drinks instead of cans. C-

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: Beav's Long Boom Dogs

We are not the only hot dog blog out in cyber-world.

There are many friendly competitors that share the same love for hot dogs as we do here at dogsontheroad.

One of our competitors, The Hot Dog I Ate recently had it's 200th post and it was on Beav's Long Boom Dogs of East Stroudsburg, PA.

So if Beav's is worthy for a post on their site, we will feature it as our Hot Dog of the Week on our site this week too.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: Hot Dog Heaven

The movie Field of Dreams ranks as one of our all time favorites here at Dogsontheroad.

There is a conversation that occurs between Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) and his father John, where John asks Ray, "Is this Heaven?" Ray replies, "No, it's South Florida..."

Actually Ray replies "No it's Iowa," but Hot Dog Heaven is located in Fort Lauderdale, not in corn-filled Iowa. Please no hate e-mails from our fans in the Hawkeye state!

Hot Dog Heaven has kept things simple since its opening, by serving what they call "America's first fast food"...the hot dog. Or more specifically here, a Chicago Dog.

Using Vienna beef dogs, Hot Dog Heaven serves only a hot dog with Chicago style toppings. That means every bun served has the poppy seeds on it, and please do NOT ask for ketchup. This is a Chicago style place.

But Hot Dog Heaven only accepts cash, so leave your plastic in the car when you come to visit.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hot Dog of the Week: Blackie's Hot Dogs

Here at dogs on the road, we have several friendly competitors that all share in our joy of hot dogs.

This review is courtesy of Yank's Frank's which is out of the New England area. Yank's Frank's also has their own hot dog restaurant.

Click HERE to read about Blackie's hot dogs which is THE place to eat a hot dog in Connecticut.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: ChiDogO's

There is a saying that goes; It's as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.

Well in our nations capital of Washington D.C., ChiDogO's takes care of the hot dog part of the ole' saying.

The founder of ChiDogO's is a native of Chicago and he noticed after years of being in D.C. that he could not find a true Chicago style hot dog.

So making Chicago-land icon's such as an authentic Chicago dog and Italian beef sandwich, has patrons flocking to ChiDog's until 4 a.m.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Texas Wieners

If I placed several hot dogs in front of you that were each different from the others, could you pick out a Texas Weiner?

Well if you could not, it would be the one adorned with a spicy chili sauce and onions dripping out of the split-in-half weiner.

Texas Weiner's have been doing business in its Philadelphia area location since it was founded in 1923 by a German immigrant.

They say it is a family atmosphere with South Philly attitude. Now I have been to Philly, and a South Philly attitude is not the best way to label your restaurant, unless you want to be insulted for no apparent reason and have Duracell batteries chucked at you.

However, there are lots of kids in the pictures and family portraits so it cannot be all that bad.

Friday, December 16, 2011

M*A*S*H and hot dogs

Hot dogs have a place in pop culture.

Don't think so? The American Pie movies had a restaurant called Dog Years, Pink's in Hollywood, CA caters to all the movie stars, and Jamie Farr's character (Klinger) on M*A*S*H was from Toledo and used to talk about Tony Packo's on the TV show

Well it turns out that a family feud is an ongoing battle with the iconic restaurant.

Click HERE to read the article of $100,000 + being embezzled courtesy of the

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Schmidt's Sausage Haus

Hotdogs are hotdogs. Then there are cousins of hotdogs such as kielbasa, bratwurst and sausage.

Well Schmidt's Sausage Haus of Columbus, OH has been homemaking their sausages since the late 1800's.

Not many of the hot dog joints that we review on here can cater to a tour bus, but at Schmidt's they are encouraged to stop by.

Read why the 'haus' in the German village is an icon in Columbus. Or even better stop by to eat with a car or bus full of friends.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hot Dogs as Weapons?

We all have people we dislike or think malice towards.

Very few of us however carry out with the thoughts we plot towards our nemesis.

One crazed spectator decided to unleash a hot dog towards Tiger Woods.

Click here to read the story courtesy of CBS News

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In the heart of Tornado alley is Tulsa's own The Dog House.

Having perhaps the largest variety of hot dog choices we have come across, The Dog House introduces it's patrons to concoctions like the Buffalo Soldier (buffalo sausage plus blue cheese), the Italian Stallion (Italian sausage and peppers) and Hell Hound (wasabi mayo and habanero relish).

You can even get a Cheech or Chong dog. That is Cheech OR Chong, not a Cheech and Chong...we are pretty sure the government has rules against a Cheech and Chong dog.

So if tuckin' through America's heartland or you need a place to take shelter during a twister, seek out this Tulsa landmark.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Flying Weenie

Look! Up in the air. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well yes it is a plane actually.

To be accurate it is a scaled down plane that rests on the roof of Cedar Rapids iconic Flying Weenie.

The Flying Weenie has been making their own fries, brats, Italian and Polish sausage for patrons who visit the transformed former service station.

If a homemade specialty dog of sorts does not hit the spot for you, try one of their Vienna Beef hot dogs that can come in a 1/2 pound order.

There is more to just corn in this Iowa town, and The Flying Weenie seems to know it.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: House of Doggs

Certain things go well with hot dogs.

Baseball ALWAYS goes well with hot dogs...and is the main reason this October I have been negligent on the blog here.

Summer cookouts go hand in hand with hot dogs, as do camping, tailgating, and feeding mass quantities of people.

One other thing that goes well with hot dogs is music.

At the House of Doggs in Traverse City, MI they combine their love of music with their history of hot dog(g)s.

Naming each of their hot dogs after genre's of music or iconic bands, House of Doggs treats its customers to fair prices. Most of their dogs are under three bucks a wiener.

Adorning the restaurant with it's classic music flare truly brings the two worlds of music and hot dogs together.

Enjoy when visiting during the Cherry Festival, or simply on a fall color tour. Heck, is there ever a bad time for a hot dog?

We think not.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hot Dogs and Lightbulbs

If any of you have followed the Nathan's hot dog contest on July 4th each year, the name Joey Chestnut should ring very clear in your mind.

For those of you who do not follow competitive eating, Chestnut is the Babe Ruth, the Beatles and the Bill Gates of his profession.

Food Service Warehouse conducted a rather humorous study as to what it would take for joey Chestnut to undo the 'damage' he did to his body in his most recent hot dog eating contest.

Click HERE to read the story courtesy of Food Service Warehouse's blog.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Dig Dog

For all of you hot dog fans, can you picture what a dog is called that has been battered and a stick shish kabobing it?

PLEASE don't say the C word.

If you are from the Marion, VA area it would be called a Dip Dog.

Founded in 1957, Dip Dogs has been serving all beef dogs for a princely sum. Just to give you an idea of their prices, foot longs go for $2.75 each.

They also have quite the menu of not hot dog options ranging from burgers, to breakfast, to custard.

If traveling I-81, swing on in.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Hot Dogs

We love hot dogs and we love sports here at dogsontheroad.

In our Stadium Dogs section you will see the different stadiums and sporting events where I have enjoyed a hot dog over the years.

This past Saturday I was able to enjoy a college football game at the University of Michigan.

Send us YOUR PICTURES of stadiums and bonus points if you have a picture eating a hot dog in a stadium. We will add it to our Stadium Dog section in the upper right corner of our main page.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wiener War part II

Last month we brought you an article about a hot dog war between Ball Park Franks and Oscar Mayer.

Well here is the truce that has resulted from all of the accusations and wiener flinging.

Click HERE to read the article courtesy of highbeam business blog.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Big City Hot Dogs & Gyros

What do Boston, Detroit, Atlanta and Seattle have in common besides airports we HATE being in?

You could answer the question in many categories, but the only category that matters here are the names of hot dogs served at Big City Hot Dogs & Gyros.

One of the benefits to eating at Big City is there program for free hot dogs. Buy four and get the fifth hot dog free!

The only thing at this blog that we like better than hot dogs are FREE hot dogs.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Acme

Do you remember the old roadrunner and coyote cartoon on Looney Toones?

You know, where the coyote would try and trap the roadrunner with the latest contraption ordered from a company called ACME. It was always stamped on the product or the large wood crate in giant black letters, A-C-M-E.

Well in Columbus, OH Acme hotdogs are a badge of pride, not future futility like it was for the coyote.

In fact, the tag line on their website may sum up the restaurant quite well. "Connoisseurs of all things hotdog and sausage.
Check them out when in the capital of the Buckeye state.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Zack's

I went to college.

Much to the dismay of a couple of my professors, I even graduated from college.

But if you want to be a franchisee of Zack's you must first go to hot dog college. Hmm, hot dog college, now that I might have done well in.

Orginally based out of Baltimore, Zack's is looking to spread its flare across the United States.

Selling over 75,000 dogs in its first year of existence had Zack's quickly escalated up the hot dogs ranks in Maryland.

Check out Zack's and see what makes them the place that serves "Hotdogs With An Attitude"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hot Dog War

People have fought for freedom, love, and because someone threw a fastball at your head.

Click HERE to read about the feud between Oscar Mayer and Ballpark franks.

The main topic: Is 'all beef' hot dogs really all they are cracked up to be.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Jimmy's

Most of us are nomad transplants.

Think about it.

We only live where we live because of a job, because we met that special someone, or it was where the dart hit the map after you asked yourself 'where should I move'. Very few of us live where we grew up.

Well the saying goes, home is where your heart is. At Jimmy's in Memphis, TN they have transplanted Chicago to the River City.

Serving Vienna Beef dogs and making a statement on their website that no ketchup is allowed, Chicago is well represented. In fact at the bottom of their website you can see if you 'get' all of the Chicago homer jokes.

So next time you are in Memphis, instead of opting for ribs, grab a hot dog at Jimmy's. But don't come on Sunday because they are closed...probably because Da Bears are on TV.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Rockford, IL

We have been to famous hot dog places, and cultural icons. Luichi's is neither of these. What it is though, is a seven year old restaurant that is more of a neighborhood place. A neighborhood place is where all the locals seem to go for meals and to quench their appetite, but not many people outside of the 'neighborhood' know about it. Just about a mile from downtown Rockford, Luichi's has a variety of menu options for the size of the place. People may be packed in during a lunch rush, but otherwise there is capacity for about 20 people to eat comfortably.

Atmosphere - Not much to look at with decorations or memorabilia on the wall. However, there are several signs pointing out that you cannot wear hoodies in the store. Though it did not say it, I
picture a giant sumo size guy dropping from the ceiling and throwing you out, literally, if you wear a hoodie in the store. D+

Value -
This may be the best value in Chicago land for a hot dog combo. I got two dogs, a g
enerous serving of thick cut fries, and a soda for $5.75! Seriously. The only kind of dogs they serve is Chicago style, which if you read this often you know is my favorite. I have been to hot dog places that would charge you upwards of four bucks for one Chicago dog. Each of their dogs are Vienna Beef which are a staple of Chicago hot dogs, but they were NOT, repeat NOT served on poppy seed buns. A total taboo when offering Chicago dogs. Few things make an authentic Chicago Dog- The toxic looking relish, sport peppers, and a poppy seed bun. So though the price was fantastic, a bump up in the price for the customers would make authentic Chicago dogs possible. A-

Side Dish Jody says...
I was pleased to see many non-hot dog options at Luichi's. Everything ranging from pizza and burgers to gyros and fried okra. I opted for the cheeseburger combo which came with a large cheeseburger topped with lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, ketchup and mayo (I opted for no mayo or ketchup), a side of fries and a fountain drink. All for less than $5!!! The burger was really good. It reminded me almost of a Whopper from Burger King. The fries were done just right - not too crispy, not too greasy. If I were a local, I'd definitely go there for lunch at least once a month. The only negative was that it really was a no frills eating establishment and the restroom left a lot to be desired. B+

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Snoopy's

People can say a place has good hot dogs. At times, you wish your favorite location was a bit closer to home so you could enjoy the dogs more.

When a hot dog place has multiple locations, and they all seem to thrive, you know you have hit the market well.

Snoopy's in Raleigh, NC has four locations throughout the college based city.

One of the unique things about Snoopy's website is that they give you the recipe's to some of their cookin'. You have to be a pretty secure restaurant owner to advertise your recipe's to the general public.

Enjoy Snoopy's!

Monday, July 18, 2011


Norfolk, VA

When in Norfolk there is THE place to eat. The place would be Doumar's.

Known for their barbecue, Doumar's has been featured on the Food Network's hit show Diner's, Drive-in's & Dives.

Though this would be a place that serves hot dogs, and not a hot dog place, it was a great atmosphere that took you back to small town America.

The diner was about the size of your storage shed, but the ample parking and car hop service that was offered multiplies the customers.

The dog itself was very small and cut down the middle on a bun. Nothing to special about this dog, in fact it was very pedestrian. But that does NOT MEAN you should not try it on a visit to Doumar's.

One of the coolest pieces of Americana is here and millions of people world wide need to thank Mr. Doumars for it. Behold, the original waffle cone machine. Not only is this THE machine that first started producing waffle cones, but it is still run daily by Mr. Doumar's himself. He had just taken a break when we were leaving so we didn't get a picture with him but here is the iconic piece that has contributed to many sugar induced comas over the years.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Perfectly Frank

Norfolk, VA

We have featured a lot of hot dog places in college towns. I mean really, when the midnight munchies come along and you have had your share of barley beverage, few things sound better than a hot dog.

Well directly across the street from the Convocation Center/basketball arena at Old Dominion University is Simply Frank's. Where not only can you fill your munchie needs, you can wash it down with a barley beverage. Complete with a variety of beer inside you can even get the college student favorite, Natural Light, with your meal.

Cooking all of their dogs on a grill, you can cozy up to the counter top and watch them cook it or have them bring it to your table. All dogs are made to order.

Out of all of the places we have reviewed, this is one of the rare places that serves a true New York Red Hot. Encased with a zippiness that is just enough to pat your brow, the dog went down easy. Topping the dog is their chili. The server said there is no secret recipe, or homemade legend, just local mass quantity chili atop the dog if so ordered. For being mass produced, it was mighty good and complimented to spice of the red hot.

Atmosphere- When walking in the first thing to catch your eye is the vent cover over the grill is covered in stickers. If you bring in a sticker, they will add it to the collection. Simple as that. ODU pictures and memorabilia are on the walls, but it also has that touch of college bar to it with beer advertising pieces. If I went to college in this town, I would be here all the time! We chose to sit on the front patio and enjoy the sunshine. I imagine when school is in session this place is hopping. But in the end of June, and not much reason to be in Norfolk, there was just a trickle of people. B

College kids don't have much money. What money they do have is usually spent on...well school 'supplies'. The meaning of supplies may differ from person to person. Though I was fine pushing my $3.19 across the counter, I think for a business that depends on college kids they could do better. But with the price of beer at Simply Frank's you get your money's worth one way or another. No beer bought on this trip for me, so I only got half of the bargain. C+

Side Dish Jody says...
The menu had many not hot dog options, although nothing jumped out at me. Everything was kind of boring and plain. I ended up sharing a grilled cheese and fries with our daughter and left unimpressed. D+

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Nathan's 4th of July Contest

Joey Chestnut is king once again.

For the 5th consecutive year the hot dog eating machine known as "Jaws" consumed 62 hot dogs in the 10 minute time allotted contest.

Click HERE to read the full article courtesy of ABC news

Friday, July 1, 2011

National Hot Dog Month Quiz

July is national hot dog month, and what better way to start of this glorious time of year than with a hot dog quiz.

Below is a 13 question quiz courtesy of Hot Dog City, with answers at the bottom. Post your results if you want, let us know how you fared.

1. Name the only Major League Baseball ballpark that sells more sausages than hot dogs per season?

a. Yankee Stadium in New York
b. Wrigley Field in Chicago
c. Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
d. Miller Park in Milwaukee

2. Who, when transitioning from the silent screen, uttered “hot dogs” as his or her first ever on- screen words?

a. Charlie Chaplin
b. Mickey Mouse
c. Greta Garbo
d. Groucho Marx

3. What is the average weight, fully loaded, of a baseball park hot dog vendor’s bin?

a. 40 lbs
b. 100 lbs
c. 10 lbs
d. 25 lbs

4. Which of these four artists DOES NOT have a song titled “Hot Dog?”

a. Perry Como
b. Elvis Presley
c. Three Dog Night
d. Led Zeppelin

5. According to a NHDSC poll, which player (past or present) would win a virtual hot dog eating contest?

a. John Kruk
b. Tommy Lasorda
c. David Ortiz
d. Babe Ruth

6. In a popular TV series, who offered Ms. Rhode Island a hot dog during a Yankee game?

a. Homer Simpson
b. Jerry Seinfeld
c. Joey Tribiani
d. Norm Peterson

7. What famous movie character uttered the phrase, “Nobody, I mean nobody, puts ketchup on a hot dog?”

a. James Bond
b. Dirty Harry
c. The Terminator
d. Jason Bourne

8. Who said that hot dogs and champagne were among their favorite foods?

a. George Bush
b. Marlene Dietrich
c. George Foreman
d. Jane Fonda

9. True or False. Hot Dogs are included as a menu item at the Vatican.

10. Which blonde bombshell was named Miss Hot Dog Month early in her career?

a. Kim Basinger
b. Jayne Mansfield
c. Lauren Bacall
d. Nicole Kidman

11. Which city’s hot dog has the most toppings?

a. New York
b. Philadelphia
c. San Francisco
d. Chicago

12. What kind of hot dog does Tatum O’Neal refuse to eat at the diner in 1973’s “Paper Moon”?

a. Corn Dog
b. Chicago Dog
c. Coney Island Dog
d. Chili Dog

13. What is the name of the popular children’s book series that features a Hot Dog superherosent down from the planet Dogzalot to protect the Earth from evil space-alien attacks?

a. The Hot Dog and Bob Series
b. The Adventures of Super Dog and Friends
c. Mighty Dog
d. The Super Frank Chronicles


1. D. Out of all 30 MLB parks, Miller Park in Milwaukee is the only one in which sausages outsell hotdogs per season. Miller Park is home to the famous “Sausage Race” during each game.

2. B. The first words Mickey Mouse ever uttered in a cartoon were “hot dogs” (in “The Karnival Kid, 1929). The cartoons he was featured in were silent ones up until that point.

3. A.
A fully loaded bin weights approximately 40 pounds. And vendors typically walk 4 to 5 miles per game, up and down steps. They move fast – they work on tips and commission!

Although they have “dog” in their name, Three Dog Night never recorded a song titled “Hot Dog.”

5. D.
The Great Bambino crushed the competition with 42 percent of the vote. John Kruk finished in second with 17 percent. Legend has it the Babe gorged himself on a dozen to 18 hot dogs before blacking out on a train ride in April of 1925.

6. B.
During “The Chaperone” episode of Seinfeld, Jerry offers Ms. Rhode Island a hot dog to which she declines, and says that she is watching her weight. Jerry replies, “Ah. I'm watching my height. My doctor doesn't want me to get any taller.”

7. B.
Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry uttered this line in “Sudden Impact,” the fourth film in the Dirty Harry series.

8. A.
Marlene Deitrich was famous for her preferred meal of hot dogs and champagne over anything else.

9. TRUE.
Holy hot dog it’s true! Visitors can purchase a hot dog at the Vatican Snack Bar.

10. B.
Jayne Mansfield was the lucky winner and proud to represent everyone’s favorite All-American food in 1950.

11. A.
The Chicago dog includes yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onion, tomato slices.

12. C.
Tatum O’Neal’s character Addie emphatically refuses to eat a Coney Island Dog purchased for her by her father during one of the early scenes of the movie. This performance contributed to her eventual Oscar win at the ripe old age of 10.

13. A.
The Hot Dog and Bob Series, featuring a talking hot dog and an ordinary boy named Bob, is a favorite of beginning readers.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I like my hot dogs the old fashioned way - made out of beef.

However, there are other ways to enjoy hot dogs, and one way is PETA style.

Read below the release from PETA.ORG about their vegetarian hot dogs around the country.

Norfolk, Va. — Vegetarians love hot dogs! Veggie hot dogs, that is. So—for the first time ever—PETA has ranked the top five veggie dogs available from restaurants and food carts across the country for hot-dog lovers who respect animals, the environment, and their own health. Here are the winners in descending order:

· "Fire on the Rhine" from Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace (Columbus, Ohio)

Grilled with sriracha, chili paste, garlic, and onions and topped with spicy sauerkraut, this bad boy will definitely get your juices flowing. Also available are the "Ohioana," with spicy corn relish and celery salt, and the "Hot Bollywood," with spicy mango chutney.

· The "Chicago Impostor" from Franktuary (Pittsburgh)

Served in an old church, the "Chicago Impostor"—with mustard, relish, onion, banana peppers, celery salt, tomato, and pickle spear—is surely divinely inspired. Also try the "New Yorker" with kraut, Vidalia onion sauce, and mustard.

· "Veggie Puka Dog" from Puka Dog (Honolulu and Koloa, Hawaii)

You can go with all the traditional condiments or go for the flavor of the islands with relishes made from mango, coconut, pineapple, banana, papaya, and star fruit.

· The "City Dog" from City Dogs (Salt Lake City)

You can't miss at this all-vegetarian food cart. The City Dog comes with freshly diced tomatoes, pickled asparagus, sport peppers, onions, and celery salt.

· The veggie dog from Lettuce Eat Healthy (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

This food cart serves up yummy veggie dogs complete with jalapeños, sauerkraut, chili sauce, relish, raw and cooked onions, ketchup, and yellow mustard.

· Honorable mentions go to the "Red Hot Bayou" from Cyber-Dogs (Seattle), the veggie dog from Soul Dog (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), and the veggie dog from D's SixPax & Dogz (Pittsburgh).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Homemade dogs for Father's Day

A guy walks into a turkey farm with a knife.

No, this is not a joke but rather the start of the slaughtering process at Duerksen Turkey Farm.

I am no expert on how to make a turkey brat, but I do know how to eat a turkey brat.

You see, the Duerksen Family are friends of mine and they decided to give me some of their homemade Turkey Bratwurst filled with cheese.

So after weeks of holding on to these for a special occasion, I broke these out for a Father's Day grilled dinner.

When biting into the brat, the casing did not take much work to snap open. The cheese inside did not spew out on the grille and make a lake of grease the way some of the major manufacturers brats do. Rather, the cheese added taste, but you could still taste the turkey in the brats. The turkey flavor was almost that of a breakfast sausage. It was very good.

So if ever Up Nort' in Michigan, you will have to look for the Duerksen Turkey Farm logo on the grocers shelves. Your tummy will be happy that you bought them.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Onion Crunch

One of the perks of having a blog that trickles to the masses is that product companies find you.

Well Loeb's Foods found us and they asked if I would try a bottle of their Onion Crunch on some hot dogs I prepared at home.

When first contacted, I felt honored and told them I would give it a whirl. The bottle came, and I got excited. I tore open the packaging and saw the contents.

Behold, a clear plastic bottle with tastiness ready to be sprinkled on my hotdog, or whatever else I chose to get some onion flavor on. As advertised, Onion Crunch would also enhance pizza, steaks, hamburgers, or salads.

Onion Crunch is NOT Bac-O's. Same idea, except not the grease content nor the darkness of that nasty highly salted over baked piece of furniture leather.

The onion was not overpowering to the hot dog. The crunch pleasantly enhanced the overall taste, and they were not as killer to the breath as freshly chopped onions ironically.

If you are in the grocery store and you see Onion Crunch, your hotdog will thank you for buying it!

Hey Onion Crunch, here is your next slogan..."Your hotdog will thank you for it".

If you have never seen an onion run around a city or shouting from stairs, click HERE to be swept away to a highly entertaining 30 second commercial.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Johnny B'z

Here is some hot dog math for you. When does 2 = 3?

The answer: Two of Jonny B'z dogs weigh the same as three of the 'other guys.'

Priding themselves on their grilled buns and 100% beef hot dogs, Jonny B'z makes some tasty dogs. The buns are more rectangular with sharper corners than the traditional hot dog bun, and rolled with a light butter so the grill does not burn the bread.

Once the dog was bunned up, I opted for the Jonny Dog (ketchup, mustard, relish, onion) and a Chicago Dog. The Chicago Dog had sport peppers and those babies packed a little punch. I like spicy food, and these made my toes curl a bit. You could tell the quality in each of the tasty bites of the dogs. Grade: B

Atmosphere- The building is in a part of town that is being revamped for more of the modern renaissance trend with other restaurants and eclectic store fronts. On the walls of the restaurant are black and white pictures of America's hot dog mecca's. There are also paintings done by local elementary school students and there renditions of what hot dogs look like. I was part of the lunch crowd that had construction workers, business men, and families enjoying a simple lunch. You will notice at Jonny B'z that weekend hours extend to 3 a.m. You want to know what kind of atmosphere happens after midnight? Picture all of those things that mamma told you to stay away from, and combine that with late night munchies. I will have to come back after the clock strikes the bewitching hour just to experience THAT atmosphere. C+

Value- The two dogs I had came as a part of a combo platter that included a drink all for around $5. Not breaking the bank by any stretch. Those fries though that I pilfered off of SDJ's plate would have been worth five bucks alone. B+

Side Dish Jody says...
I had the hamburger combo which included a juicy well seasoned hamburger, homemade fries and a delicious fountain Diet Coke. The burger and fries were exceptionally tasty and for $5.50 was a good value. I especially like the local Elementary School artwork on the wall. Other than burgers there was not a lot of non hotdog options. B+

Sunday, May 22, 2011

World's Largest Brat Fest

Calling all bratwurst enthusiasts.

If you are a fan of bratwurst, you probably already have May 27-30 date circled on your calendar.

Those four special days coming up in May is when the Madison,WI plays host to the World's Largest Brat Fest.

The 2010 version of this festival saw 209,376 bratwursts consumed. And since the NFL players have nothing better to do than argue and cry currently, perhaps some of the Green Bay Packers will venture to the festival to help eat a brat.

Festivities begin at 6:00 a.m. May 27, which is also Take Your Brat to Work Day.

If you need Memorial Day plans, head to Dairyland and grab some brats. Don't forget to tell us about it either.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Johnny's Red Hots

What do you get when combine 21st century technology and a delicious hot dog?

Answer: Johnny's Red Hots of Naperville, IL.

Come in to enjoy a delicious Chicago dog but bring your laptop for free wireless. Surfing the web and munching on a dog, not your thing? Then cozy up to the pair of 50" flat screen TV's and watch whatever is on the tube.

Moving from Cicero, Italy 22 years ago, Johnny's has the hot dog down pat.

Next time you are in beautiful Naperville, stop in and enjoy a hot dog. Oh, and bring your computer to send us an e-mail to let us know you dined!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Dog Almighty

Good hot dogs will win awards. Awards for best tasting, best chili, tasters choice, etc.

But to be a good hot dog place, you will win awards many years in a row in a variety of categories.

Well Dog Almighty out of Austin, TX has been winning hot dog awards yearly since 2005.

Priding themselves on their ingredients and how ANYTHING on the menu can be made vegetarian, they have quite the array of toppings.

Eat a traditional dog, or a version slanted to something you have had before. Enjoy the fried potatoes done a variety ways deep in the heart of Texas' capital city.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

10 Cent Hot Dogs

We have all seen the dollar stores across America.

You know, where you can load up with bottom of the line junk and pay under a buck a piece for anything.

Well the West Michigan Whitecaps, which is a minor league baseball team just North of Grand Rapids, is sponsoring 10 cent hot dog day.

10 cents each for a tasty hot dog.

You can't even a piece of crap at the dollar store for that.

Click HERE to read the article, courtesy of then get out to 5/3 Ballpark on the day and bring a dime for each hot dog you want to buy.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hot Dog of the Week: Coney Island Lunch

The Midwest has notoriously bastardized the term 'coney'.

Coney, in the Great Lakes region, tells more about the kind of restaurant instead of a term for our beloved hot dog.

Well at Coney Island Lunch in Scranton, PA they have been cooking coney dogs for over 80 years. A hot dog that is sliced down the middle and served on a locally made roll and served with a chili sauce is truly a coney dog.

Out of all of the dog shops we have reviewed, this shop has hands down the most detailed history and dozens upon dozens of pictures that catalog it's past.

Check out why people have kept Coney Island in business as the longest running restaurant in town.