Kasper's Hot Dogs in Northport
Haven't been in Northport for a while and noticed this place while picking up a pot of meatballs at Maroni's tonight. "Original Kasper's Hot Dogs - Established 1929" read the sign. I was intrigued since (1) I didn't remember there ever being a hot dog place on that corner (next to Wolfie's Custard) and (2) I'm a sucker for hot dogs. Went in and found out from Tom, the very friendly hot dog purveyor, that it's an offshoot of an Oakland, CA joint that's been around for 80+ years, and they opened the Northport store about two months ago.
I got a regular dog ($3.75) with brown mustard and sauerkraut and a bag of Rylee's Sweet Onion kettle-cooked chips. The place runs a special - dog, chips, and drink for $5. The dog itself was a beauty - steamed all-beef natural casing, probably 6 to the pound, on a sturdy bun. The dog had a great "snap" and was very tasty - Tom said it was a brand from out west and not the typical Sabrett's or Hebrew National. They also offer an organic chicken dog and two types of organic chicken sausage, and have specials including a cheese steak. The toppings were high-quality - free choices include the "regulars" like relish (kept in an iron pot in the fridge), onions, kraut, dill pickle, and tomato, along with a variety of chutneys, hot sauces, and specialty mustards and relishes. For another buck, you can get chili, and cheese is 50 cents. Available side dishes include organic baked beans, chili, cheese nachos, and mac and cheese.
Overall, the dog was great, really one of the best I've had in a long time. I'll definitely be back - the dog/custard combo is hard to beat. The place is pretty small - they have 4 tables and a counter up against the window with a view of the harbor. Cash only.
Original Kasper's Hot Dogs
40 Woodbine Ave, Northport, NY 11768
This is a hangup of mine, though. For me it's always about the hot dog. The first time I go to a hot dog place, I almost invariably get one plain, with a shmear of mustard (so long as it's spicy brown; yellow doesn't cut it for me). Based on how good the dog was, I'll then add on toppings, though things like chili (as it relates to a hot dog, at least) don't work for me. With grilling I like the crunchy little burnt bits.
I'm trying to think--when else do we steam or boil meat? Other than shellfish, I mean.