Spicy City Dog @ Award Wieners

Price: $9.49

When: November 4, 2017, 4:35 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

Sometimes, you’re just in the mood for a hot dog.

Elaine, Sharon, Bryce and I are in California Adventure, and it’s been a few hours since lunch. We’re planning on a late evening, but it’s way too soon for dinner. We need a booster. A dog would be perfect. And we’re near Award Wieners, which (generally) has some of the best hot dogs in the resort.

Let’s do this.

We’re big fans of the Award Wieners menu. We’ve had great luck with everything from the Bacon Street Dog to the Portobello Mushroom Philly. Misfires seem rare. So we step up to the register, order the Spicy City Dog, pay, and collect our prize at the end of the counter.

The initial impression is positive. This is a serious-looking hot dog, sitting in a toasted, split bun and drenched in feta, tomatoes, onion, and a chipotle crema sauce. The dog is, as usual, accompanied by Award Wieners (excellent) “filmstrip fries”.

We get to work.

First: this is crazy messy. Tomato, onion, feta and sauce drop everywhere while you try to fit this in your mouth. Snag extra napkins.

Second: this is really good. Everything is working hard. The dog is “cheddar-jalapeno sausage,” and very high quality. The tomato and onion are both fresh. The sauce adds an extra layer of pop. The bun is excellent.

Elaine was similarly impressed: “there’s not a ton of umami,” she said, “but it’s tangy. And the sausage is great.”

This doesn’t need a single extra thing – no ketchup, no mustard, no relish, no nothing. It’s great as served. And perfect if you’re “just in the mood for a hot dog.”