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Hot Dog Toppings: Crispy Onions

juniorcruz Aug 19, 2006 12:22 AM

Good Day Chowhounds!

I'm looking for a hot dog vendor, preferably in the Toronto area, that offers crispy-fried onions as a topping.

When I was in Sweden a few years ago, and had a craving for street meat. I headed over to a 24hr convenience store and ordered up a hot dog. Instead of the slathering on my regular mustard and saurkraut, the cashier offered up a short list of unfamiliar toppings, one of which was "crispy onion". (On a side note, the "creamy shrimp-salad sauce" cost extra and I wasn't feeling that adventurous at the time.) I decided on the onions and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it was surprisingly delicious!

The all-night convenience store was not the only place that had this type of onion topping in Stolkholm. The street vendors over there did too and it seemed a fairly common choice there.

Sadly, I have yet to see any hotdog/sausage vendor anywhere else that has crispy onions or crispy-fried onions as a choice of topping. Can anyone help?

  1. s
    storeman Aug 19, 2006 12:27 PM

    The Hotdog Vendor at 66 Wellington St, outside the TD Centre has fried Onions not crispy

    1. b
      bogie Aug 19, 2006 03:30 PM

      The crispy friend onions you speak of are canned by Planters. I don't know if they or any other brand are available in TO.

      BTW, the best hot dog topping I ever had was in France, where they put your fries right in your dog. Delicious!

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      1. re: bogie
        juniorcruz Aug 21, 2006 03:13 AM

        A Planter's product? Hmmm... like the nuts and cheeze balls?
        Thanks bogie , I'll look into seeing if any nearby supermarkets have it.

        As for fries in the hot dogs, it reminds me of a place on the Danforth which serve fries in their gyros: very nice.

        1. re: juniorcruz
          Ubervache Aug 21, 2006 07:57 PM

          I've been looking a place like that! Where is the Gyro place (and what's the name) on the Danforth?

          1. re: Ubervache
            hungryabbey Aug 22, 2006 12:06 AM

            If i remember correctly Messini on the Danforth offers fries in their gyro. But im pretty sure there are many places that do it.

            1. re: hungryabbey
              juniorcruz Aug 24, 2006 01:29 AM

              Yup, hungryabbey is correct. The place is called Messini located east of Chester (TTC) station. I make sure to pick an gyro up during Taste of the Danforth.


              There may be other places, but this is the one I most know of.

      2. cord Aug 19, 2006 04:09 PM

        Guess that explains the "frog dog" in the movie The Hard Way!

        1. j
          johnnyd Aug 21, 2006 11:39 PM

          Just today, at the NoFrills at Eglinton and Black Creek Drive, I saw in the spice department a bag of crispy onions from a company called SARJ (?). It's among other bagged Indian spices. About $5.49. Might be what you're looking for?

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            webbiest Aug 22, 2006 05:03 AM

            In Norway they are also crazy for crispy fried onion on their dogs. I think you are going to have to buy your own deep fried onions and bring them to the hotdog vendor. I dimly recall seeing some Asian food store (Chinese?) selling big jars of the stuff. Otherwise you could try a can of French's® French Fried Onions. I'm not sure how widely available these are in Ontario. They are ubiquitous in US grocery stores because they are an essential ingredient for a Thanksgiving green bean casserole which has assumed iconic status stateside.

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            1. re: webbiest
              Lipant Aug 23, 2006 11:40 PM

              French's FrenchFried Onions are available in Sobeys and Loblaw's and Canadian Superstore, at least.

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              friedersdorf Aug 22, 2006 05:08 AM

              I experienced the same crisp-ity onion goodness while studying in Denmark. Must be a Scandinavian thing. I also loved the sweet mayonnaise that Danish dog vendors would put in the hot dogs, SO much better than ours here in the States. Good luck with your crispy onion search, I understand the crispy onion void and long to go back to Scandinavia!

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              1. re: friedersdorf
                Fwagra Aug 24, 2006 01:32 AM

                I remember enjoying Durkee's canned fried onions when I was young. I believe this product may still be around.

                1. re: friedersdorf
                  juniorcruz Aug 24, 2006 01:35 AM

                  sadly (short of having another jaunt overseas) it looks like i may have to settle for the "home-dawg" in order to enjoy this topping.

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