ISO great hot dog place - MSP
Maybe it's because I'm watching Iron Chef America (hot dog challenge) or thinking about my West Coast hometown where we had a great homemade hot dog/sausage place, but I realized: I have no idea where one should go for a great hot dog in the Twin Cities area. I get that the hot dog issue is subjective - Chicago style, etc - but all opinions are welcome.
It's not a "place," as in a permanent building, but I love the hot dogs from The Magic Bus Cafe (a big purple schoolbus). These days, they're at the Wednesdays-only Food Truck Court in downtown St. Paul, plus various other locations.
Oh, and I recommend upgrading to a grass-feed-beef dog - it's definitely worth the extra money.
I think "Vienna Beef" hot dogs are a bit overrated... and that's what you'll find at places like the Wienery, Chris & Rob's, etc. My favorite hot dogs, since the Lincoln Del closed and "Best's Kosher" stopped selling their brand, can be found at The Glockenspiel in St. Paul. Unfortunately, they don't come with a bun (though I've never tried requesting one).
414 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Frankie's and Chris & Rob's on 42nd. They're not great, but it'll get you by. And both owners are chicago guys. In fact, they sell the neon relish over at Frankies.
I saw a place called Philly Dawg over in Woodbury. Anyone been there?
[BTW, can't believe neither one of the chefs attempted a hot dog dessert. Bummer.]