July is National Hot Dog Month - name your favorite doggie
T-Rex has almost perfected its $10 Fatted Calf pedigreed dog ... a slight nit about the too solid bun.
Plump as a ballpark Polish sausage, the weiner is a large, smokey, juicy, meaty frank with the most snap of any Bay Area dog.
It comes with lovely red relish, mustard, house-made pickle slices, slaw and thick BBQ house-made chips full of smokey, spicy tingle and background notes of garlic.
National Hot Dog Month
For me: a Top Dog with the works...which is a Vienna all-beef w/ natural casing.
2nd place: the Sheboygan brat at AT&T (I know, not a real hot dog)
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Around here, hard to say. I love the Lombardi's dog you found in Petaluma, rw. I'm on a Nathan's kick right now (just grill at home), but maybe because it is close to the Fourth (and the hot dog eating contest). Personally, I love a nice grilled dog on a soft bun/bread. If it is a beef a la Vienna Beef you can load it up, but if it is more assertive like a kosher beef/deli style or a Nathan's which is very salty and almost garlicky, just a little spicy brown mustard is fine.
I really like the Saag's natural casing beef frank I posted about last year: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/30659...
Still searching for the right bun, though. I can't imagine spending $10 for a hot dog in a restaurant, no matter how good the "pedigree." The whole point of hot dogs is that they're supposed to be casual.
re: Ruth Lafler
And I did it twice ... to make it worse. Still, Clarke's in Mountain View is selling a large 1/4 pound Miller dog for 5.75 and nothing with it ... ok topped with tomatoes if you want and a bit of a condiment selection ... the extra bucks for a top quality dog doesnt seem like so much a stretch since there are also fries and slaw at T-Rex.