Bowery's Hot Dogs Lack Snap And Personality

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Can you find the hot dog in this picture?
I have a lot of respect for Brian Luscher's hot dog project primarily because I know first hand how difficult it is to make hand-crafted links. Hot dogs are an emulsified sausage with a significant amount of fat. That means the ground meat and fat are whipped until they resemble a pink toothpaste before they're shaped. It also means they're notoriously fragile until they're cooked and set.

Most commercial hot dogs are molded into their familiar tubes shape, but quality hand-crafted dogs are stuffed into natural casings just like other sausages. Natural casings blister and split when they're cooked and result in a noticeable snap when bitten into. Mass-produced dogs lack that quality and are usually weak on flavor too.

When Bowery, the subject of this week's review, first opened, I never expected them to make hot dogs on site. The work is labor intensive and often cost prohibitive, even if Luscher has proven it's possible.

I was hoping they would procure some killer links, though. Something from Rudolph's or Kuby's or even the Hofmann Sausage dogs that are making their way south. For now they use a product from Patuxent Farms. The links are big and juicy, but they're hardly notable and have the same consistency as the hot dogs you'd get at a baseball stadium or other provider that buys links from a food service company.

When I'm at a game, I'll pay $5.50 for a hot dog because that's what you do at a stadium, and you have no other choice. In and around Dallas, however, there are lots of other options.

Location Info

Bowery Dallas - CLOSED

3407 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

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primi_timpano topcommenter

If Dallas only had James' Coney Island, but I guess a quality hot dog chain isn't on the metrics for a world class city.


Really, you just can't eat a regular hot dog, from like, QT?  Tomorrow, I'm going to Jack In the Box, buy a Breakfast Jack, and then mount an antelope head on said sandwich.....just for attention. 


Why does EVERYTHING have to be tricked up, or EXTREME?  Everything has to be "new cool chic"?


 @kergo1spaceship Tricked up hot dogs do not translate.  But I like mine dragged through the garden, so what do I know?

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