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Hot Dogs vs. Fried Chicken

I don't to refight the Civil War, but let us pit two American favs against one another here: crisp, juicy fried chicken versus a savory dawg with all the right toppings and condiments.

I'm going to plump for dawgs simply because I find that they are more consistently good than fried chicken. One can go almost anywhere and butt up against a pretty mean hot dawg, but you really never know what you're going to get when buying (or even making) fried yardbird unless you go to a Popeye's or a Colonel Sanders'.

How do I like 'em? Broiled beef dawgs on a steamed bun with spicy mustard, minced hot yellow peppers and a sprinkle of celery salt. For fried chicken, I like the breast with a crispy, spicy crust. Honestly, Popeye's is a pretty good prototype.

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  1. I have never heard of a broiled hot dog.....I like all types of Quality dogs, but I prefer them in a casing. When ordering out, First choice is a Beef & Pork deep fried, second is an all Beef griddled....then an all Beef boiled......

    The best dogs though are @ a backyard barbecue over an open flame with family and friends......type of dogs are not important.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Oh yes. Grew up with them, just put slits on before cooking so they don't curl. It's almost like grilling, but in the broiler. Can't stand boiled ones.

      1. re: paprkutr

        OMG- they used to cut slits in the hot dogs at the cafeteria at work and then griddled them for a few more minutes. We called 'em gill slits. I didn't know it was done anywhere else.

      2. re: fourunder

        There's a social aspect to these foods that I hadn't considered until you brought it up. To be sure, roasting dogs over an open flame is a communal experience that can't be repeated over a bubbling cauldron of lard and chicken; but I find it hard to beat the crunch and crackle of that first bite of fried chicken as your teeth break through the skin and sink into a meaty thigh. I like my hot dogs accompanied by chili, sport peppers and/or friends, but fried chicken is a pleasure all by itself.

        1. re: JungMann

          I agree with Jungman - his description of the first bite of fried chicken is enough to make me thaw a bird and fry it tonight!! And he picked my favorite piece, followed by wings. I used to eat hotdogs when the kids were home and it was a mandatory staple in the refrigerator, but that's been many a year ago. And much ado over what all is included in them. Scary stuff. But bring on KFC & Popeyes, & Bojangles!!!! Don't tell me all the stuff you know about chicken processing, I'm trying very hard not to assimilate that info and ruin one of my top food choices. Thanks.

      3. I love a good chili dog but am super picky about the quality of the dog and the kind of chili. I agree that good fried chicken is really tough to find.

        If I had to pick the best of one over the best of the other - I'd probably come down fried chicken.

        1. I'm not a big fan of either hot dogs or fried chicken.

          As far as hot dogs go, I'm not too particular except when it comes to these tubers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/738429

          As for fried chicken, I have no real preference except that I really like drumsticks.

          1. OH JFrickenC, PK, are you really going to make me walk into my neighborhood Popeye's???

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            1. re: mariacarmen

              Do yourself a favor, sweetheart. You'll thank me later. ;)

                1. re: mariacarmen

                  depending on the franchise owner, Popeye's generally does get the breading right. but as a caveat at KFC the mashed potatoes are a must for the side, but at Popeye's it's the red beans and rice.

                  1. re: hill food

                    Yep. Loved Colonel Sanders' taters and gravy as long as I can remember. And you know darned well that they're instant. So what! Totally delish.

                    Popeye's greezy as hell biscuits are also great.

                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                      See I always found their taters to taste watery, but it does depend on which franchise locale, i'm sure. man, it's been years.

                      Greasy biscuits sound good. Ok, PK, i'm going in! (well, not today, but soon!)

            2. Love both- and I think it can be hard to find a good dog, and good chicken outside of your own kitchen. For hot dogs, I like Pearl hot dogs, grilled- on a New England style hot dog roll, with mustard and Howards Piccalilli. So good.
              For chicken, I prefer the fried chicken thighs. Now you have me thinking of lunch!