Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Best Hot Dog EVER?
While visiting with some family, I had the opportunity to go to Walter's Hot Dog Stand, which is shaped like a Pagoda and has some seriously old-school famous hot dogs. They've been in business since 1919 and have a sort of cult-like following. Evidently, the line for hot dogs is usually epic, but since I happened to go during the last two weeks in August, I only waited in a short line before getting my two dogs. The menu is basic, no-frills, and frankly, a bit "my way or the highway". There's no accommodating allergies or preferences here. We took our dogs to a picnic bench under some shade trees (pleasant on a breezy August day) and dug in.
They were good. Delicious even. But at the end of the day, they were still hot dogs. I think maybe I'm just not sure what the fuss is about. I like hot dogs. When at Fenway Park, I always order a Fenway Frank or two, which is probably about 90% pork byproduct and 10% water (I made that up. I have no idea. But needless to say, nothing fancy and plenty questionable). Walter's is made up of a mix of beef, pork and veal. Again, delicious. Far superior to a boiled stick of who-knows-what.
But I was left asking, what if the best hot dog in the whole world still just wasn't all that impressive?
Would I go there again? Sure, if the line was short, the dogs were cheap and tasty. But I wouldn't stand forever for them.
What about you? Have you had the best hot dog ever, either at Walter's or another famous hot dog stand? Was it transcendent?