Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sometimes a Wrong Turn is a Right Turn

I was down at Rolf's Pork Store in a quest for a whole pork belly and a tenderloin for a delicious concept I came across (I shall leave you in suspense on that one). Anyhow, no luck on the belly, they weren't getting any until the next day. I bought a pound of bacon and the tenderloin to console myself.

I recently moved, so I am always looking for the shorthacks from downtown. My Garmin GPS put up a somewhat unorthodox route, but I said what the heck and decided to follow it. Long story short, the spiderweb-esque complexity of the various loop de loops of 787 were too much for my humble device and I ended up on the other side of the mighty Hudson. Looking for nice parking lot to bang a u-turn I stumbled upon the Rensselaer location of Hot Dog Charlie's.

Feeling as if the Hot Dog Gods were guiding my fate this frosty day, I parked the truck and went in for a half dozen to go. By the by, there is an Aldi kitty corner to the restaurant. I arrived home some time later with my prize.

I am of the mind that any food which comes in a brown paper bag through which grease eventually soaks, is a very good food. Me da' used to get get me a bag of Jack's Diner's (corner of Central and N Manning)crinkle cut French fries when I was a wee 'un, always with a warning not to put them on my pants. I purchased 6 small dogs with everything for a pittance, I think the total was 4.81$ give or take some red pennies.

I know that I tend to go on and on about these little hot dogs all of the time, and perhaps it is boring to some. But I never cease to be amazed by how much I enjoy the little guys. To my mind the flavor is surprisingly complex. The overriding flavor of the combination of onion, mustard, chili, and garlicky dog is bitterness. Pleasingly bitter flavors are fairly uncommon in American cuisine, and most "chili" type dogs end up somehow being very sweet. Anyhow, I had a nice, greasy hot dog lunch. I trust everyone will have a wonderful holiday!


  1. I really mis Charlie's. And Gus's too. A half dozen of these will really warm you up on a cold winter day!

  2. We call our Garmin GPS the Sidequest Machine. Much like a complicated video game which sends the player here and there through the game's universe in search of strange, exotic, and sometimes useless items and artifacts, our Garmin guides us on meandering and seemingly nonsensical random routes to the programmed destination. We always go with it; we've found many strange, exotic, and sometimes useless waypoints that way.

  3. It's funny you mention the brown paper bag. It got me thinking about Five Guys, and how the sight of the grease stained bag warms my heart.

    The heart needs a good warm-up before tackling what lies inside that bag.


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