I was almost disappointed today. I had worked 6 days this week and almost 70 hours. I was looking to my first day off in Southern Jersey, and since I couldn’t get home to Boston, had my sights squarely set on visiting Texas Wieners. Upon visiting the web site to check out the fine fine encased meat extravaganza that I was about to enjoy…. GULP. CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.
In my head, I thought, “There is NO way a Hot Dog stand could be closed on a Sunday… right? right??? (see the image to the left). Not in a bustling Collingswood neighborhood littered with shoppers and people dying for a nice meal. Not with the Train Station less than a quarter of a mile away…. right?”. So I decided to call. A very bubbly girl answered the phone and told me that this was the first day that Texas Wieners were to be open on a Sunday! They were open until 6pm! The hot dog gods were looking down on me that day my friend, looking down hard. That was the last time I almost felt disappointed today.
BACKSTORY: Unfortunately, due to my work, I am living in Southern New Jersey temporarily. There aren’t many positives to living down here, I’ll be honest. There is traffic every where, I am away from my wife and friends, and most of all, there are no left turns allowed… like anywhere. Whats up with that? Seriously? I am pretty sure that my good friend Mike (owner of this blog) was excited for two reasons. 1) I was close to his in-laws, so if he had to come and visit, he’d have a place to escape. Don’t get me wrong, they are some good peeps. But, if confronted with hanging out with your in-laws or your friend with whom you could drink copious amounts of beer, we all know what we would pick. 2) I live in a whole new and yet unexplored region of hot dogs. This blog has been more focused in the Boston, New York and Chicago areas. Philly is a whole new ballgame. I feel sort of used. And I like it. END BACKSTORY.
On the inside of the restaurant, sat a large bar area surrounded by several tables . Behind the bar sat everything I was hoping to see in a hot dog joint. We had the soda fountain, milkshake blender and local soda including creme soda and root beer. I was politely greeted by the same bubbly teenager that answered the phone a few hours earlier. She was busy helping other patrons, so I decided to look over the rather large (and extremely cheap) menu. The most expensive thing on the menu was $3.28. I am still trying to figure out how they got to $3.28 and not $3.25 or $3.30… but to each his own I guess.
I decided to order the Texan and the “Combo with the Works”. That is right my friends, that would be a hot dog with a fish cake! How was it? Well, we will get to that after the photos of this fine fine fare.
I went for the simpler, and I’ll say it…. less scary hot dog. The Texan. Fresh Grilled onions, pepper and hot dogs were coupled with a hash brown. Condiments? Not necessary. The hot dog was juicy enough combined with the peppers and onions. She asked if I wanted mustard, and I responded with “Why ruin it?”. The next step was to try the fish cake combo. Mike had suggested it, and since his lovely wife Sam lives a mere 2 miles from this place, I KNOW for a fact that he is scared of it. It consisted of a split-grilled hot dog, fresh fish cake, grilled onions and the owners “special Greek sauce”. In the words of my good friend Jake, it was EPIC.
I’ll admit, I was very skeptical of this hot dog combination. I’ve seen many combo’s before… hot dogs and sausage, hot dogs and cucumbers, hot dogs and chorizo. Never, ever had I considered a fish cake! Well my friends, it was good down to the last bite. The fish cake was far fresher than I had expected, and the Greek Sauce was amazing. The girl who worked there was saying that the owner refused to sell the recipe to a few distributors… Good for him because he’d be a bizzionaire if he did.
When Mike comes town to Jersey to visit his in-laws, it will be the first place I take him. The best thing is that like all places in this area, it is BYOB! Now, since I was by myself and it was a Sunday afternoon, I declined. That would have looked awesome, me stumbling down the streets of New Jersey with hot dog and beer breath. Line up ladies!!!
I hope you enjoyed my maiden post… much more to come!