WHY West Virginia may have figured out a long time ago that cole slaw goes good on a hot dog, but here in California it’s a revelation.
WHAT You can create your own dog from the many varieties and toppings, but you won’t do better than the house-designed versions, which are actually really good salads on top of pretty good sausages. Condensed into a bun, the ingredients play off each other like a jazz combo. Try the Caesar Dog (chicken sausage and Caesar salad), the Thai Slaw Dog (spicy peanut-coconut satay dressing, cilantro-carrot slaw, crushed peanuts and Sriracha aioli) or, perhaps best of all, the Picnic Dog, a char-broiled Vienna beef link, barbecue sauce, onion rings, potato salad and a pickle. Is it an unusual combination that seems obvious, or an obvious combination that seems unusual? Who cares! You’ll scarf it down in three minutes flat. Choose the onion rings over the underseasoned Belgian fries.