OK, I started writing in another post the detailed specs I’ve created on making the perfect hot dog and the notion struck me that not a lot of people have had an Upstate NY mini-chili-dog. There is really only one place to get it, Gus’s. (see below) and there are so many things that I miss from NY (like good cheesecake) and the small, obscure restaurants, mostly started by immigrant families that have very unique food-stuff.
What are your best picks? Any in Seattle I should check out?
Anyway, my list: Albany Area
Or, if you are ever near the Watervliet, NY, go to Gus’s Hotdogs;
212 25th St.; Watervliet, NY 12189-1937. This is the scariest place to get a hot dog. But you get the traditional upstate NY chili dog. It is a mini-dog on a mini bun with mustard and chili, onion and shredded cheddar may cost you an extra dime. They also have sliders (mini-burgers). Don’t go inside. Do not use the bathroom. The “restaurant” is basically a converted bay window or a 2 story apartment house on a residential street. I love it. It smacks of my ancestors.
In a pinch, http://hotdogcharlies.com/ has some good sauce as well. I urge you to check it out. They’ve been around since 1922. If you see an older person there, ask them if they’ve ever been served “off the arm”. They Greek guys that started the place used to line them up on their “Hairy Arms” and serve them. They come in a tray now…
Spiak’s Italian Restaurant has the best damned fried cauliflower on the planet. Served with Maries Blue Cheese. Awesome pizza and shrimp cocktails. Converted 1920’s house with apartment the Spiak’s lived in upstairs.
2 Archibald St.
If any of you have an inkling to visit the lovely Albany area, get yourself a fish fry. Go to Bob n’ Rons. 1007 Central Ave., Albany
Have you ever had a “real” fish fry? Freshly cut filet of monk fish served in a hot dog bun? The ends come out just enough that if you ask for another roll, you’ve got two full sandwiches? Heaven, I tell you. I couldn’t wait for Lent so we could go every friday. We passed in every time I went to the orthodontist in High School and no matter how many rubber bands they put on me or cranked my teeth, I’d still manage to eat one on the way home.
There is also a nifty ice cream stand, open only in the summer Kurvers Kreme, I think! Best damn milkshakes. 1349 Central Ave., Albany
Italian Bakery: Bella Napoli, 672 New Loudon Road, Latham
Oh, man. I used to work at Taco Bell next store and would saunter over and get a freshly toasted onion roll with Philly cream cheese. To die for. Real Italian breads and cookies.
Okay, I’m starving now.
What are yours?