Yesterdog: Grand Rapids Nostalgia
I lived at Yesterdog as a kid and throughout high school. I was recently reading it was the inspiration for the hog dog join in American Pie (although I've never seen the movie), and it's no wonder as the place is an institution in Grand Rapids, as it has been around since the 1970's. The "Cheddar Dog" with its spicey chili was the thing legends were made of, its what I lined up for on Friday and Saturday nights with my friends, it was the perfect food, small, cheep, and easy to eat, and just the best dog around - or so I thought.
I went to Yesterdog today for the first time in at least 14 years, and all I can say is YUCK!
I'm horrified, my legend, the one that I've bragged about for years is a fraud. The dog had an odd mushy consistancy, and the chili was just flavorless, and kind of anemic looking. Yes, anemic chili. It was sad, deviod of flavor and sad. I wanted to yell at the gentleman behind the counter, "What have you done to my dog???" B
ut clearly not much has changed, as the place was full of people at 2:00 on a Friday afternoon. Maybe it's just me, I've just grown up. Maybe my taste in food has changed; okay, I know it has, but how can something once so beloved be so bad. so very bad.
It's a sad day. I just got a bit older. :-)