Archive for the Hot Dogs Category

The Heavy Dog

Posted in Hot Dogs, QUALITY FAST FOOD, The Varsity with tags , on June 24, 2008 by chomposaurus


us take a moment to celebrate the Heavy Dog, found only at The Varsity in Georgia. This particular specimen was photographed at the Athens branch. It’s a fairly small, normal hotdog, placed on a bun that is wide enough for at least three jumbo hotdogs. This entire bread bucket is then filled to the brim with luscious, finely-ground chili chunks and topped with a line of cheese. If you are a chili dog afficianado, then this is your fast food city of gold. And don’t forget your frosted orange…
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The Turducken Dog?

Posted in Hot Dogs, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags on June 12, 2008 by chomposaurus

So, I was thinking: what if you took one of the duck hot dogs I reviewed yesterday, wrapped it in turkey bacon, and then served it with shredded bbq’ed chicken on top? You would then be eating the Turducken Hot Dog, no doubt one of the triumphs of man’s struggle to make the most awesome forms of meat.

I could find no record of this being done, but I did stumble across a Thanksgiving hotdog with stuffing and cranberry sauce on it:

Definitely could put both on the turducken dog.

Review: D’Artagnan Buffalo Hot Dogs

Posted in D'artagnan Buffalo Dog, Gourmet Dogs & Sausage, Hot Dogs, REVIEWS with tags , on June 12, 2008 by chomposaurus


This review of D’artagnan’s gourmet buffalo franks goes along with yesterday’s review of their duck dogs. The bison used were raised in Canada on a forage diet, with no antibiotics or growth hormones. The buffalo dogs had a strong smoked flavor, and definitely tasted more like a beef hot dog than any other typical type of frank. When bit, the dogs came apart in big chunks, which I liked. One of my friends agreed with me that the buffalo dogs were much better with condiments and a beer; on their own the flavor was a bit raw. My other friend, who doesn’t like condiments, thought the buffalo dogs tasted like old socks.

Bottom line: while the flavor is not as refined, if you love a heavy, pungent stick of meat that you can load up with a ton of condiments, this could be your dream wiener.

Best Baseball Stadium Meat

Posted in Burgers, Chicken, Hot Dogs, REVIEWS [Restaurants], STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , , on June 11, 2008 by chomposaurus


The cheap food reporter for the NYTimes visited 12 baseball stadiums across the country, looking for the best and the worst they have to offer. There’s also an interactive map.

Of course, I also saw plenty that deserved jeers: in the cramped confines of Wrigley Field’s concourses, I watched a large man, his head thrown back, guzzling spicy curly fries from a cup like they were a beverage. I ate mushy hot links, bone-dry hot dogs and hot wings with no heat. And in Baltimore, I came face to face with a crab cake sandwich that edged out guinea pig (yes, guinea pig) as the least appetizing dish I have ever tried.

My favorite stadium food? The kettle corn at Fenway.

Now It’s Easier to BBQ Daffy & Donald

Posted in BBQ, Fowl, Hot Dogs with tags on May 28, 2008 by chomposaurus


Just in time for summer, D’artagnan has introduced their Duck Dog… which is a hot dog made out of free-range organic ducks. Why on earth hasn’t someone thought of this before? The fact that we haven’t yet tried one of these is just dethpicable.

Also available are premium beef, buffalo and pork… click below for the info from the press release. Picture is from the NYTimes.
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Best Meaty Blogs in Town

Posted in Beef, Burgers, Chicken, Fake Meat, Fast Food, Fowl, Hot Dogs, MEAT POLITICS, Pork, Sandwiches, Sausage, Seafood with tags , on May 8, 2008 by chomposaurus

Click here for our new page dedicated to keeping track of new meat blogs. Whether they be regional reviews or reports focused on a specific type of meat, you can find the best carnivorous reporting here at Chomposaurus. E-mail us at the address on the sidebar if you have a blog you’d like to suggest.

Pirates of the San Fernando Valley: Curse of the Bacon-Wrapped Wiener

Posted in Fast Food, Hot Dogs, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on April 27, 2008 by chomposaurus

Breakfast, Lunch & Grog

Some good reporting by LA Weekly about the (illegal) meat miracle, the bacon-wrapped hot dog. Meat journalism doesn’t get much better than this:

Below the legal vendors are the more ubiquitous operators of homemade carts, which usually consist of propane tanks strapped to modified baby strollers, Target shopping carts or, in most cases, tool carts. They operate completely outside of codes and regulations, their particular rules and organizational methods a mystery to outsiders.

Licensed vendors… refer to the makeshift bacon-wrapped-hot-dog vendors as “ambulantes” or “piratas,” colloquial terms for unlicensed street vendors in Mexico.

Those sound like the most magical pirate Target shopping carts ever.

Original Mediocrity (a.k.a. Sand in the Chili)

Posted in Fast Food, Hot Dogs with tags , , on April 22, 2008 by chomposaurus

Coney Island dawgs

This is a chili dog from the Original Nathan’s, a mammoth hot dog stand / beefy mecca at Coney Island, a beach at the very tip of Brooklyn. You see this place every year during the hot dog eating championship, with several crazies in the foreground dipping dogs into water and scarfing them down.

The question: Is it worth a trip here to eat one of the original Originals? The answer, no. While the vaguely industrialized beach amusement is a great atmosphere for eating, the fact is the hot dogs are no better than ones you buy in the package at the grocery store and heat up yourself. The chili was disappointing and the fries were nothing special. I recommend that you go down the shore to Brighton Beach instead, to one of the Russian supper clubs. There you can have an ungodly amount of meat while drinking more vodka and listening to more bad cover songs than you ever thought possible.

While We Bitterly Cling to Burgers, the Elite Have Their Meat

Posted in Hot Dogs, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , , on April 22, 2008 by chomposaurus

If you would like to see what this blog is *not* aiming to become, go ahead and follow this link:

http://meatpaper.com/

Conceptual hamburger art is not a good use of my time or yours. We need more articles about shooting an elk and living off of the meat for the year and less articles about grilling your socks for an intellectual high.

I look forward to the day when the print version of this blog outsells their hoity-toity mag 10 to 1.

87 Acres of Onion Rings

Posted in Hot Dogs, The Varsity with tags , , on April 17, 2008 by chomposaurus

Heavy Chili

An imposing network of fat expressways feeds the protein of the city of Atlanta to its the exurban sprawl. Those travelling these acres in turn need sustenance; much of it is provided by an expansive fast food standard known as The Varsity. A model of sprawl itself, this drive-in restaurant boasts dining room after dining room of bright lights and perfectly greasy food. Imagine an entire state fair’s worth of food, enclosed and suspended above a network of highways, and you’d be close to what you find wandering around The Varsity. When I was there, on a quiet Saturday night, it was positively eerie to see so many empty rooms sitting ready to host so many souls seeking enlightened combinations of chili and cheese.

On the other hand, you get a free hat. That’s pretty nifty.

The menu differentiates between “chili dog” and “heavy chili dog” – need I say more? All the meat comes fresh every day (never frozen like the typical franchise slumhole), and you can tell. On top of all that meaty goodness, the French fries and onion rings are absolutely amazing, especially the fries – classic American style, no messing around. One warning: the portions are small, so get two of whatever you order. Is it good for you? No. But it’s so much better than eating another lifeless QPw/C as you barrel across the grey landscape of another American city bulging unchecked. Support quality fast food and eat at places like The Varsity.

http://www.thevarsity.com/menu.php?action=viewcat&mCat_id=1