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Old 08-28-2019, 11:34 AM
teela brown is offline
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I occasionally visit a German deli in Mountain View and always buy a couple of pounds of frankfurters (don't call them "hot dogs" - it pisses off the butchers).

These franks are delectable and subtle - made of pork and veal and spiced with mace and lightly smoked. But all that subtlety is lost if you put one on a bun and cover it with toppings.

I like to steam/grill them slightly, then cut them into chunks and serve them on a plate with a dollop of good quality mustard on the side for dipping.

Apart from that, I don't think I've ever visited any really stellar hot dog joints. Your descriptions of Chicago dogs are mouth-watering. I think I'd go to Chicago for their dogs alone.