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Friday, March 30, 2012

Serious Eats: The Best Hot Dogs and Sausages Near Major League Baseball Ballparks

Last spring we featured Major League Baseball’s best and craziest hot dogs, and while there was some interesting looking stuff—including local hot dog joints in a few stadiums—for the most part I was frustrated by the real lack of local flavor.

...this year I wanted to highlight some really cool spots outside the ballparks where you can grab a dog or sausage before or after the game, for a lot less money and a real taste of whatever city you’re in.

Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: March 30, 2012 at 02:16 PM | 32 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rickey! Filipino Diving Team Posted: March 30, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4093151)
The best hot dogs in Atlanta come from The Pup Truck. It would be awesome if they could get a permit to park at the stadium.
   2. depletion Posted: March 30, 2012 at 03:28 PM (#4093167)
Beelzebub's Pink Slime Refinery in Elizabeth NJ is tops.
   3. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 30, 2012 at 03:30 PM (#4093172)
so there's a picture of a Milwaukee Brat at the brat house, it has mushrooms, ketchup and cheddar on it. That's a first, hopefully the last.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 30, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4093216)
There's was a story a couple of days ago about the Rangers selling a two-foot long hot dog. Surprised that it wasn't already Phillie phans phavorite phallic phood.
   5. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: March 30, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4093262)
Just had lunch today at this place called the Wurskuche in Venice. Ordered a rattlesnake & rabbit sausage with jalapeños — really good. A little bit of kick to go along with a really savory, butter flavor. Also had a Rochefort Trappistes 10 to go with it; turned out to be the best beer experience I've had since my first Guinness. Fantastic beer. Good lunch. I'm definitely going back there.
   6. phredbird Posted: March 30, 2012 at 05:04 PM (#4093284)
Just had lunch today at this place called the Wurskuche in Venice. Ordered a rattlesnake & rabbit sausage with jalapeños — really good. A little bit of kick to go along with a really savory, butter flavor. Also had a Rochefort Trappistes 10 to go with it; turned out to be the best beer experience I've had since my first Guinness. Fantastic beer. Good lunch. I'm definitely going back there.


their first location downtown is pretty good too.
   7. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: March 30, 2012 at 05:42 PM (#4093337)
That's what I hear. The group I went with, a bunch of them had been to the downtown one. We're out by Playa Vista, and since I don't live in the area and usually just get something from the office cafeteria (which is pretty good, actually), I don't know any good eateries around here. This place was great. Already planning a return trip.
   8. spike Posted: March 30, 2012 at 09:58 PM (#4093451)
Never had the Pup Truck. Jim Stacy's Pallookaville corndog truck is really good though. He gets his sausage and hot dogs custom ground at Patak's which is the greatest local old-world chartcuterie vendor in town.

Pallookaville

Patak Meats
   9. McCoy Posted: March 31, 2012 at 01:22 AM (#4093559)
I would just like to have it out there that the most evilest thing ever created by man and foisted upon mankind is the slideshow.
   10. Tuque Posted: March 31, 2012 at 02:23 AM (#4093584)
Woah. A rattlesnake and rabbit sausage with a Rochefort 10? I have to go to this place. Was it crowded?

And do they have beer on tap?

Edit: Scratch that, just found the web site. St. Bernardus 12 on tap? I must go to this place. It sounds like it was made specifically for me.
   11. LionoftheSenate (Brewers v A's World Series) Posted: March 31, 2012 at 07:04 AM (#4093604)
What happened to Harvey's? Lenten sacrifice perhaps? That's got to be a big one for him.
   12. Lassus Posted: March 31, 2012 at 09:06 AM (#4093643)
I can't believe it hasn't come up on the mainland yet, but apparently - I am told by another primate - Harveys had a stroke. In fact, here is the exact news as I received it:
Harvey had a stroke.
He's not dead
But he's taken a serious hit
His granddaughter has been posting in the Lounge using his account, keeping people updated on his status. He occasionally picks up the account himself these days, last I checked.
But it's been a while since I was in the Lounge.
   13. Mike Webber Posted: March 31, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4093653)
Wow, I didn't know about Harvey. I hope he bounces back ASAP.
   14. Rafael Bellylard: The Grinch of Orlando. Posted: March 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM (#4093675)
Wow!

Had no idea about Harvey, who is my favorite poster on BBTF. When did this happen and what's the latest news?

And if you read this, Harvey, get well and come back soon!
   15. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 31, 2012 at 10:19 AM (#4093682)
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   16. Lassus Posted: March 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4093722)
bump
   17. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: March 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4093726)
Oh, no. An irascibly grunted "get well soon" to my favorite BBTF poster.
   18. Monty Posted: March 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM (#4093739)
That's bad news about Harvey.

But I still want to complain about the entirely imaginary "Seattle Style hot dog" (it's got cream cheese!) that the article lists. Food vendors in Seattle keep trying to push cream cheese as being "Seattle style" on hot dogs. And pizza. It's not working.

I hope Harvey recovers.
   19. phredbird Posted: March 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4093755)
Harvey had a stroke.


very sorry to hear about this.

does anyone have any info on a way to send a card or something?
   20. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: March 31, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4093763)
This absolutely sucks, and I really hope Harvey gets well soon!
   21. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: March 31, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4093798)
Harvey's condition has been mentioned on the mainland but hasn't been the subject of a thread, to my knowledge.
Obviously, I wish him well (and miss him here)...
   22. Andere Richtingen Posted: March 31, 2012 at 02:57 PM (#4093809)
Harvey's expressed wish, as relayed by his granddaughter, is that his health status not be discussed broadly on the site.

Hopefully he will be back participating here at some point, and I suggest that we end this discussion, and not bring it up again. I am quite sure people only have the best intentions, but it's not what Harvey wants. Obviously people care and it is likely to come up again, but we should respect his wishes as best we can.
   23. Lassus Posted: March 31, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4093866)
Erk. I had not heard that, so I fully agree with Andere
   24. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: March 31, 2012 at 05:16 PM (#4093872)
Thanks, Andere.
   25. ntr RdP Posted: March 31, 2012 at 06:25 PM (#4093903)
#22 understood, and best wishes nevertheless.

And in light of the 8 pound Strasburger announcement, what would be the equivalent in the hot dog category? Or better yet, what player would it be named after? Probably a Milwaukee Brewer no doubt.
   26. zonk Posted: March 31, 2012 at 07:19 PM (#4093922)
Best wishes and I'll leave it at that --

On the order of dogs near ballparks, my recommendation near Wrigley would Murphy's -- it's a bit of a walk over on Belmont (Belmont and Racine), but they do a fine Chicago dog.

Runnersup would be a very close Byron's (Irving and Sheffield, I think) and Clark Dog.

If you want the dinner show with your dog, there is, of course - the Weiner Circle, but I think the hot dogs lag a bit and it's really more of a take out of town friends to get screamed at by the staff kitsch...
   27. depletion Posted: March 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM (#4094014)
Harvey,

Hope you'll be feeling better soon. We dinosaurs of the vacuum tube era have to stick together.

Regards,
Tim
   28. STIGGLES is more humble than you would understand Posted: March 31, 2012 at 11:33 PM (#4094042)
And in light of the 8 pound Strasburger announcement, what would be the equivalent in the hot dog category? Or better yet, what player would it be named after? Probably a Milwaukee Brewer no doubt.
the big unit.


and since we're talking about hotdogs and sausages, how blasphamous would it be to say that the foodstand at costco has really, really good sausage.
   29. McCoy Posted: March 31, 2012 at 11:39 PM (#4094044)
It's a shame that they never got Frank Thomas to endorse this hot dog.
   30. cardsfanboy Posted: April 01, 2012 at 12:06 AM (#4094057)
I would just like to have it out there that the most evilest thing ever created by man and foisted upon mankind is the slideshow.


Seconding that comment. I refuse to go to websites like Bleacher Report because it's absolutely not worth my time.
   31. Rafael Bellylard: The Grinch of Orlando. Posted: April 01, 2012 at 02:47 AM (#4094076)
Seconding that comment. I refuse to go to websites like Bleacher Report because it's absolutely not worth my time
.

Thirded, and I'd be happy if I could just find a site that puts all the box scores on one page so I don't have to go through 15+ pages just to see who did what. Having all the box scores in one spot so you can compare and contrast is one of the things newspapers do better than the intertubes.
   32. Rafael Bellylard: The Grinch of Orlando. Posted: April 01, 2012 at 02:48 AM (#4094077)
BTW, am going to a ballgame in Milwaukee nr the end of April. Any suggestions for nearby dining (I figure the brats at the park are probably pretty good.)

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