New Orleans arguably offers one the best food cultures in the states. There are literally hundreds of first class establishments in this small city. And by first class, I’m not talking fancy service, or Baccarat crystal. I’m pointing to the great food itself.
So with all of those great choices, where did I go for a night out on the town? Dat Dog on Magazine Street; Yup, Dat Dog. On National Hot Dog Day. I heard it on the news earlier in the day and I knew I had to make a pilgrimage to Dat Dog, a spacious and fun place on Magazine Street near Louisiana Avenue. There’s a great outdoor bar and lots of seating, and inside there’s a long bar, TVs and flags from around the world, probably representing all the places the dogs being served originated.
I ordered a beef wiener with chili, yellow mustard and onions. Simple, straight-forward and loaded for bear. I ordered two, but should have stopped at one. The wiener had a nice snap when I bit into it, and was nicely spiced, complimenting the chili very nicely.
You can tell a lot by the chili a restaurant serves. I couldn’t tell if it came from a can or not. That’s a good sign. If it was from a can, I couldn’t tell. That’s enough for me when you’re paying $6.95 for a hot dog. My only complaint, and its not really a complaint, is that the buns are a bit heavy.
To me, the dogs are good, but the Fries are to die for. While the Chili Cheese fries are good, the Cheddar Bacon Ranch Fries are the pinnacle of their fries. The cheese is fully melted, not greasy telling me they took the time to get the cheese right. The bacon bits were perfect; crisp and very “baconey.” The crowning point on this concoction is the ranch sauce. It really lightens up an obviously heavy dish.
Oh, and the beer I had; absolutely cold and satisfying.
All in all, it was a great meal and a wonderful way to salute National Hot Dog Day.
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