Okay, this is a Nathan’s hot dog. Nathan’s is a NYC institution type thing, with a delicious ur-restaurant in Coney Island and a handful of exceptionally shitty chain restaurants scattered hither and non. Your average Nathan’s hot dog from a non-Coney Island restaurant is awful. Which reminds me:
At a Nathan’s in Bay Ridge I laughed at the condiment bar, it had these dipping ladles and all around the troughs of toppings and etc there was food spilled everywhere. It was like the palsy brigade had come through and had a spazz-fest while trying to relish up their hotdogs. I laughed at the implied incompetency of the customers there. But the trouble was not with the retards that eat at Nathan’s, it was with the condiment bar itself – the ladle handles were so long that you couldn’t lift the ladle straight up out of the troughs without hitting the sneeze guard. You had to turn the ladle half on its side, spilling most of the contents. Hilarious and stupid.
But White Castle has somehow gotten Nathan’s hot dogs right. This was one of the best hot dogs I’ve ever had, seriously. It also lacked that weird Nathan’s butter taste that I’m not always a fan of. The mini-hot dog from White Castle is fantastic – soft yet with a slight bit of snap.
The chili, though, warn’t so hot. The steak was chewy, the whole thing too greasy. Good as fuck on the hot dog though. Notice that cup behind the chili, it’s a Mountain Dew not-Slurpee from a Hess station. It’s fantastic.