A blog milestone with Beav’s Long Boom Dogs!
That’s right people! We have officially reached 200 posts! Feel free to celebrate in your own fashion. If you’re new to this blog, you have 199 more posts to check out. But let me get on with it, shall I?
I keep scouring the interwebs looking for new dogs or HD stands to try out in the Poconos area when we get away from the city. I tried out Dave’s Hot Dog House in the past but am very much a fan of hunting for new stuff. And the internet led me to a place with the great name Beav’s Long Boom Hot Dogs in East Stroudsburg, PA. Who is Beav and what the hell is a long boom? While we were spending the holidays nearby, I knew I had to bring Ali and her family to Beav’s and figure out what a long boom tastes like.
We had the perfect plan: stuff our faces with hot dogs and then go bowling next door. I was joined by Ali, her brother Dean, and his sons Dean Mike and Marc. These are three eating machines and I knew they had the potential to demolish whatever Beav’s had to offer.
When we walked in, it became apparent that a long boom is a big ass crane! I should know this since I love watching extreme construction TV shows. After seeing different cartoons around the place of a beaver wearing a construction hat, I made the assumption that this was the beav that operated the long booms. More on that later. Our first job was to figure out what we were going to eat.
Beav’s has snappy all-beef flavorful hot dogs, but I’m not exactly sure how they cook them. They had a sheen to them which made me think deep fry, but they didn’t have that deep fry flavor. I also saw some rollers but no dogs on them. My bet is that there was a flat-top in the back. Dean Mike ordered a 3 Cheese Dog, Dean got the Chili Cheese Dog, and Ali got a basic with mustard and ketchup. I thought I would pig out but decided to just order the Reuben Dog and the BBQ Dog. Marc on the other hand, well, he really went for it.
BEHOLD…Beav’s Long Boom 15 inch hot dog! Here’s a quick backstory on Marc: he is a 14-year old freshman who plays football and wrestles on the varsity team in high school. Marc is an incredible wrestler, but even more important, a really amazing guy, because he gave 110% to providing me some great stuff for the blog. The Long Boom is like a NJ Italian dog, but available in both pizza bread and Italian roll. Marc went with the latter, and also upped the man-quotient with chili as an extra topping. He might still be a weenie wagger as well, because I only saw him put ketchup on there. Then the most incredible thing happened…this 170 lb. machine absolutely leveled this dog. No scraps, no scene of the crime, nothing…IN A TOTAL OF 6 MINUTES!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! Marc displayed one of the most incredible feats of eating I’ve seen in a long time, and earned a special place in my heart that day. Dean Mike, in his own flash of brilliance, suggested we put a fork in front of the Long Boom to get an idea of the scale we’re dealing with. Awesome!
Dean Mike, himself an awesome high jumping swimmer and amateur vinyl collector, revealed that he doesn’t really like hot dogs that much. He did, however, like the 3 Cheese Dog he ordered, which is topped with swiss, cheddar, and mozzarella.
Dean also jumped in and got himself a Chili Chese Dog, with just the right amount of sloppy.
Ali also stepped up to the plate and got herself a Basic with ketchup and mustard. My Reuben was cheesy and tangy, and the BBQ dog was topped with sauce, vidalia onions, and cheese. I love my BBQ sloppy and covered in sauce, so I was very happy.
The dogs also had a curious shape to them. If you look closely at the photos, it looks like one end was not tied off from other links. I think Ali suggested that maybe they take their 15″ dogs and chop them in half for the smaller dogs. This doesn’t affect the taste, and gives it a unique shape.
I’m not usually one for small talk when I go out to eat, but I had to ask the cook about the Long Boom. He said that he was the one that operated the boom, and I can’t remember his name unfortunately, so let’s just call him Beav. Beav was a really nice guy and was excited to find out that I write about my adventures with hot dogs. He confirmed that Dave’s is his competition, but I hope that they both do well. I don’t think I can take sides in a hot dog battle, but I look forward to having some really great, solid dogs when we head out to the Poconos!
Beav’s Long Boom Hot Dogs 212 Eagle Valley Mall, East Stroudsburg PA