Hot Dog Heaven – Avon, OH
35952 Detroit Rd
Avon, OH 44011
On with my most recent find, Hot Dog Heaven. Hot Dog Heaven currently has two locations, one in Avon, OH and one in Amherst, OH (roughly about 10 miles apart.) Some of you may have heard of Hot Dog Heaven as a fast food restaurant mentioned in the movie Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle where Rosenberg and Goldstein go on their separate quest going to Hot Dog Heaven while they almost crash into Harold and Kumar’s car. Later in the movie, Harold and Kumar give up looking for White Castle until they see Rosenberg and Goldstein eating inside Hot Dog Heaven, which gives Harold the will to go on with their journey.
Rosenberg: “We got the munchies so we decided to go to Hot Dog Heaven! How about you? How was White Castle?”
Harold: “We haven’t gotten there yet… I think I may have rabies.”
So, I’m not alone when I say Hot Dog Heaven has something special going on, even Rosenberg couldn’t resist, and I can see why. The HDH in Avon is a cross between a hot dog joint and Starbucks, as strange as that may sound, it works quite well in this neighborhood of Avon. No knock on the folks of Avon, but they set themselves apart, or try to, with the “where do you live? Oh, we live in Avon.” like that is supposed to impress me that they overpaid for their home and all drive the same Mercedes. Lemmings! Regardless, they have a gem in Hot Dog Heaven and it’s worth melding with the yuppies to get a taste of their fare. I’ve actually been to this HDH quite a few times, but this time I had an added benefit of being a contributor to this blog, so my senses were all full alert (remember, we’re like DELTA Force.) Hitman One this is Hitman Two Actual.. I have a visual on the Kill Zone. Affirmative Hitman Two Actual… Stay Frosty! And with that I entered….
I followed my original order with a discussion with John O’Flanagan, co-owner, about HDH. John has some psuedo celeb’s who frequent this place like Frank Caliendo from MadTV and FrankTV. Frank’s wife is from Avon and the spend 2 months out of the year in Avon. Frank always stops in for his hot dog fix and has even sported a HDH t-shirt on the road during radio interviews. After talking about his sauce and the celeb’s (a lot of the local sports guys come here – Cleveland Indians and Browns players) John twisted my arm to get me to try some of his other dogs. My wife’s dinner was still 2 hours away, so I knew I could slide a few more dogs down and still make an attempt at dinner. John said I had to try his slaw dog and his chilli cheese dog.
The slaw dog was the same as the Junk Yard Dog I had at another establishment, chili sauce, mustard, and some cole slaw on top. This one had some gusto though. The slaw was nice, it wasn’t runny like a lot of slaws are, which kept the bun in tact and not all mush. The flavor really blended well. Slaw dogs are more popular in the South and I think any Rebel would give these a big thumbs up. It’s hard for me to ever say something was better than just chili, mustard and onions, but I must admit, the chili cheese dog really made me think twice and I can see myself converting over when I come to HDH. This chili cheese dog is made the way you want it… the original sauce of HDH and then liquid cheese. The nice, hot, runny, ozzing cheese sauce like you get on nacho’s. I know my arteries were screaming with delight!
John told me about the original store in Amherst, OH which is an old house redone to serve food. I was hoping to get there before I posted this review, but ran out of time. I’ll be sure to visit the Amerhest location soon though. Awesome place! Aweosme dogs!
This is Hitman Two Actual, I am Oscar Mike. Stay Frosty!