The little cart
that could. Amazing what a couple of determined
guys can turn out from a basic hot dog cart - Hot dogs far and above
those typical hot dog
They start off
right - almost. A Nathan's dog, but skinless.
Natural casing dogs can be an issue for some folks. Perhaps, down the
road they'll offer both. A good dog now, but snapless.
The dogs are served on half a hoagie roll.
That's the Jersey
Special above - Dapper Dog's take on Jersey's Italian hot dog.
Again, it's "almost." Finely diced hash brown potatoes
instead of potato slices. Slices of American cheese
which don't add much. Sautéed red peppers. Not sure
about the onions unless they were mixed in with the hash
browns. The hash browns had a bit of a crust,
nice. Could have used more onions.
I also tried their
Coney Island Express - topped with chili, shredded
cheddar and banana peppers. I skipped the banana peppers
(a med I'm taking makes my tongue ultra-sensitive to
heat). A good dog, but again, "almost." It's the
chili this time. Coney Island sauce typically
doesn't have beans. It also has more of a kick than
Dapper Dog's chili. The banana peppers would have added
that most of the kick that I missed. But a little
heat in the chili would top it off.
I went for a couple
of classic hot dogs this visit. There's a lot more
happening on the menu. The Moe Green
looks interesting - asparagus and sharp provolone.
So does the Mack - topped with Mac and Cheese. Other
possibilities include their version of a Chicago Hot Dog
and La Dolce Vida with tomato sauce, pepperoni, sharp
provolone and parmesan.
Overall, these guys
are doing a great job out of a little cart. A little
tweeking might be needed on the dogs I tried. I'd
suggest they take a look at the
Casino's (Trenton NJ) approach to a Jersey Italian
hot dog and
Lafayette Coney Island's (Detroit MI) take on the
Coney Island dog.