Hot-Link Corn Dog @ Corn Dog Castle

Price: $8.49

When: August 20, 2016, 2:05 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

Corn Dog Castle (“Where Corn Dogs Rule!”) is a quick-service restaurant in the Paradise Pier area of California Adventure. It’s located between Goofy’s Sky School and The Little Mermaid.

Corn Dog Castle is an original California Adventure eatery. It was up and operating when the park opened in 2001. Like its sister restaurant, Disneyland’s Little Red Wagon, Corn Dog Castle is a popular go-to for people who need to get their corn dog on. (It’s also notable for being drenched in Medieval-Times-esque puns. You’ve been warned.)

Corn Dog Castle offers two corn dogs: the Hot-Link and the Original. We picked the Hot-Link. Each dog also “cometh with sliced apples or a small bag o’ chips.” Apples, please.

First impression: this is a big, big corn dog. Huge. It’s not something you put in your mouth as much as something you spend 20 minutes nibbling down to edibility. You could feed 2 or three people with this puppy.

Second impression: the crust is exceptionally fresh and crispy. It’s also super-greasy. Elaine suggests wrapping it in napkins for a couple minutes to degrease before eating.

Third impression: the “hot link”, as you might guess, is a spicy hot dog. It really works. The spiciness of the hot link combines with the crispiness and sweetness of the crust in a delightful way. You don’t need mustard or ketchup on this; it stands fine on its own.

Finally: the apples. They’re OK. They come in a small plastic bag. They’re not too mushy, but will be in a day or two. They’re healthier for you than the chips, for sure, but they’re a diminutive sideshow next to the corn dog. Nothing special.

This is a terrific, terrific dish. It’s something fun and quintessentially theme-parky. Recommended, for sure.