Help a Northerner...What Does a New Orleans Cart Vendor Put on Hot Dogs?
A friend of ours just came back from New Orleans brimming with news of his culinary adventures. So much so, that we are planning a chowhound trip come early next year. He told me one of the best chowhound experiences was at a hot dog cart in the French Quarter, about 1:00 a.m....He asked the vendor to "load it", which is to put whatever would classically go on it for that area. When I asked him what was on it, he said he thought it was peanut butter, mustard, ketchup, chili and diced raw onions. That sounded spectacular to me and my husband, but I wanted to make sure that's what you put on it. Please guide us on this, and we look forward to taking all this wonderful information we get on this site on our visit to your town next year. Thanks.
The vendor dogs in N.O. are called Lucky Dogs. While virtually all of the vendors sell the same actual hot dogs, they take it upon themselves to become independent contractors in the art of dressing these dogs. The night vendor outside the A&P on the corner of Royal and St. Peter is one whom I know keeps peanut butter on his cart. Good Luck!
After partying till 1AM in the French Quarter, eating my shoe might qualify as a religous chowhound experience. You never know what these Lucky Dog guys might put on, and I think maybe the later it gets, the more bizarre the ingredients (although jalapenos are a must!).
However, while a Lucky might satisfy that 1AM craving (I've had my share), the other chowhound experiences awaiting you in N.O. make it pale in comparison. Go, enjoy! This is one fine eating town!!
re: Fred Purchis
I know that many people seem to think that the book somehow adds to the Lucky Dog experience. However, I read the book, and I didn't see any step-up in my desire to have a Lucky Dog.
I think that, by and large, the Lucky Dog vendors in the quarter tend to be the dregs of N.O. society, and you take a risk eating what they are serving from their carts. Of course, I am not much of a hot dog fan to begin with, so you must take my counsel with the proverbial grain of salt, as well.