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Feb 5, 2001 07:24 PM

Corn Dog Anyone?

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While I enjoy dining at Millenium, deep down I'm a meat eating girl, and have had this crazy craving for BIG burgers and corn dogs. The only problems is I can't find anywhere that sells corn dogs, and I refuse to buy the ones from the gorcery store freezer.
A friend who paid me a visit after going through either Oakland or Berkeley (I can't recall) said he went to some infamous place that sells corn dogs, but had no idea what it was called.
I know corn dogs aren't the most glamorous food, but there is definately a distinction between a great one (that can with one bit will take you back to riding the ferris wheel at the carnival) or a crappy, soggy, dog.
Your help would be much appreciated.

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  1. Wow! I was having this conversation with my wife(Janice) just yesterday. She has the same yearning you do. We went down to Santa Cruz for the day last fall and had our corn dogs AFTER riding the Giant Dipper but that's a long way to go on the spur of the moment. There are the occasional fairs but we've yet to find a steady source for the corn dog blues. And you're right, the frozen ones just don't do it! Janice works at UC Berkeley and is working on getting Top Dog to make their next addition to the lineup to be a Corn Dog. We'll be anxiously watching for some good news on the Corn Dog front.

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    1. re: gordon wing

      Whizburger ought to satisfy both the corn dog and burger cravings. Much to my surprise, and the surprise of those who know me well, Whiz-Burger was the site of my very first corn-dog experience, a scant few years ago. So I can't say that they make them better than anywhere else, but I know that I like them plenty.

      See link below...



      1. re: Mike Zurer

        Thanks for the tip! Sounds like fun.

        1. re: gordon wing

          Thanks for the plethora of suggestions. I've got my work cut out for me eating corndogs, but as I was recently reminded while watching, There's Something About Mary, "there are just not enough meats on a stick…"
          I did try Whiz burgers, which made a pretty good corndog, and I was pleased to find that they made fresh banana shakes that are tasty, and churros (in response to Melanie's request earlier this year).
          However, I think I will keep my corndog indulgence down to once or twice a year if I plan on fitting in the occasional foie gras. Which, I have yet to enjoy in the French restaurants of S.F. having lived here for a grand total of 7 months. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.
          Also, if anyone ever has any questions on dining in Santa Cruz, I happen to be well versed on the subject.

          1. re: Nancy Reyes


            You said in another message:

            >Also, if anyone ever has any questions on dining in Santa Cruz, I happen to be well versed on the subject.

            Our daughter is a freshman at UCSC -- any recommendations for her -- she has broad tastes and is not a vegetarian -- or for us when we visit her -- her choices should be relatively inexpensive -- ours can be somewhat more upscale.


            1. re: Nancy Berry

              There happen to be a good number of restaurants in Santa Cruz, and as the case may be I came across them while studying Economics at UCSC. I hope your daughter is enjoying it there.
              Here's a list of places I recommend:

              Relatively unknown and away from downtown, yet very popular with locals. Their cinnamon roll muffins are awesome!
              CAFÉ BRAZIL:
              Right on Mission street heading toward the University. Everything is great, and a fantastic alternative to the typical American breakfast.
              WALNUT AVENUE CAFÉ:
              If you are downtown this is the place to go. A little bit of a wait, but nothing like Zachary's down the street.
              While Zachary's has the "Mike's Mess" which is quite tasty and filling, the rest of their menu is not terribly good, and unless you want to dedicate the day to waiting, go to Walnut which has a better overall menu.
              CREPE PLACE:
              Makes the best and greatest variety of crepes I have had to date. Crepes A-Go-Go (here in SF on Union street) and CrepeVine (in the Sunset on Irving) are both good, but don't top the Crepe Place.
              Salmon with pinenuts, Grilled Chicken with green sauce and sour cream,….they are all delightful, plus they've got a bar that makes great mimosas and bloody marys.

              Dinner For When the Parents Are Paying:
              CAFÉ CRUZ:
              Takes the cake as the best restaurant in Santa Cruz. Don't let the barn-like exterior deter you from enjoying some of the great dishes this stylish, friendly establishment has to offer. The filet mignons with bacon is fantastic as is my personal favorite, the tortellini in a dijon cream sauce with blackened prawns.
              To the pleasure of sushi fans, a relatively new addition to downtown proves to be one of the greatest places to grab great Japanese food. They've come up with some exciting rolls, and everything is very fresh. TAKARA:
              For a more private and quiet dinner, Takara has the best atmosphere of any sushi place in town.
              A little pricier, but worth it.
              Quite possibly the most high quality, gourmet Chinese food you may have ever had. Plenty of spicy foods for the more adventurous palate and great appetizers, not to mention delicious, tiny scoops of ice cream for dessert (the only problem is, they're about 1/3 the size of a regular scoop, so you may end up ordering several). One of my favorites: the spicy chicken with apricots.
              BELLA ROMA:
              Upon entering the restaurant you can tell the chef/owner (Gaitano) cares about details; from the intensely Italian décor to the arrangement of the food on your plate. The halfmoon veal stuffed with prosciutto is wonderful, and it would be wrong to leave without enjoying their tiramisu.

              And, if you really want to splurge, try Casablanca or Chez Rene for some high-class cuisine, SF style, but a little more reasonably priced since it's outside the city.

              For a student on a budget, I highly recommend:
              PLEASURE PIZZA (the greatest pizza in the world) With wild ingredients you might never imagine on a pizza, such as plum sauce with chicken, sprouts, carrots, etc. If any of you like seafood, you must try the "abyss", a combination of pesto, shrimp, and cheeze --- plus, on Tuesdays their cheeze pizza is only $1.00.
              ROSA'S - fresh, authentic, Mexican food with a great view of the harbor. Tends to have odd hours, to my dismay, so call to see if they are open before going.
              PLANET FRESH - The most heart healthy and tasty food around for under $5.00. Non-traditional Mexican burritos, tacos, tostadas, but who cares when it tastes this good and you don't feel guily later.
              AL DENTE - Huge portions of Italian food at reasonable prices, with a crazy, friendly, chef who loves to cook real Italian meals without many frills.

              Tourist Traps to Avoid:
              The empasis place on the food located out on the pier in Santa Cruz and on the ocean strip in Capitola Village tends to fall short to the location. It seems the owners/chefs count on patronage due to the view as opposed to what's on the menu. I have found that the prices are elevated and the food not so great. With the exception of Riva's on the wharf, which has good food and a gelato bar with gelato as authentic as you can get outside of Italy.

              And, if you're heading to the beach, definitely grab some gourmet picnic food and pastries at Gayle's in Capitola and some fresh fruit at the Capitola Produce stand across the street.

              Hope you enjoy!

            2. re: Nancy Reyes

              so glad i'm not the only one who gets a serious craving for corn dogs!!!

              i saw one post refer to the doggie diner like it was gone??....we go there almost once a week for the yummiest corndogs i've ever had and a pretty good chocolate shake.

              it's pretty dingy, but the dog is worth it!!

              on sloat blvd right off the great highway, across from the zoo in sf

      2. I probably butchered the spelling of the restaurant name and I apologize to anyone who may be reading this from NM.

        Anyway, Alb's on Union Street between Fillmore and Webster has corndogs on their children's menu.
        The nice thing about these dogs is that they come with a ton of crispy, minimal grease french fries. As they are ordered from the menu, they come to the table straight from the fryer. They come out really hot and the exterior has just the right amount of crunch while the interior breading is nice and soft.

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        1. re: Tida

          Give yourself a pat on the back--you spelled it correctly. And Albuquerque isn't easy to spell.

          Nor is it easy to fit on a piece of cardboard to use as a sign for passing drivers while hitchhiking out of Flagstaff...but I digress...

          1. re: Tom Hilton

            Neither would Punxatawney. Is there a story involving Flagstaff and Albuquerque?

        2. There's always Hot-Dog-on-a-Stick at Stonestown. Actually, I think they changed their name to Muscle Beach something but they still sell corn dogs made to order.

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            Brandon Nelson

            Great Topic!

            Funny thing. Most of the time I can come up with a little hole in the wall or treasure when a thread like this comes up. When I get a corn dog jones I usually satisfy it an A&W or a Foster Freeze. These are both dying breeds. I can't imagine not being able to chase a corndog with a rootbeer float or chocolate malt.


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            1. re: Brandon Nelson

              Bingo! Thank you for mentioning Foster's Freeze & A&W as places to score a corn dog. There's one on University Avenue in Berkeley, if they haven't gone out of business - it always looked a bit forelorn. Not sure my wife will run right out to have one but it's comforting to know that it's there. These two chains are a bit endangered, as you say....wonder if they'll go the way of Doggie Diner and Giant Orange soon?

              1. re: gordon wing
                Brandon Nelson

                God I hope not! It is rare for me to visit either place, but thet still have some old school fast food I would miss. Example, the malt. I can think of few places that serve shakes still have this option. Every blue moon or so a fried burrito sure hits the spot too. Sooooooo satisfying.


                1. re: gordon wing
                  Caitlin McGrath

                  My mother had her first taco at the Foster's Freeze on University Ave. (having grown up in the '50s in suburban NY) in the summer of 1963 or so...I've never been there, but she pointed it out to us as we drove by more than once when I was a kid.

              2. I just remembered Kwik Way, in Oakland near the Grand Lake Theater. I'm pretty sure they have corn dogs. They're a classic drive-in, with burgers, fried chicken, shrimp-in-a-basket, etc. Haven't been there in years, but I think they're still around.

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                1. re: Tom Hilton
                  Caitlin McGrath

                  The Kwik Way on Lake Park (around the corner from the Grand Lake) is still there. I remembered one on Telegraph around 20th St., but when I looked it up, I found it doesn't seem to still exist. There is one out on International Blvd., around 60th Ave., though.

                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                    I had forgotten about the Telegraph Ave Kwik Way--sorry to hear it's gone. I used to live near the Grand Lake, so I went to the other Kwik Way every now and then...but that was 12 years ago or so.