29 August 2009

Hot Damn, I want a Hoyt Dog

8 inch All Beef Hot Dog, Spicy Dog or Kielbasa $4.00

You’re out on a Friday night and suddenly hunger strikes. You scroll through the list of options: McChicken from McDonald’s, Double Decker with nacho cheese sauce from Taco Bell . . . but these are too obvious; too familiar from last weekend. Then you stumble (literally) into Hoyt Dog.

In front of a tattered house on the corner of NW 21st and Hoyt, sits a typical home grill and a plastic picnic table, covered with blue and white checkers and large variety of condiments. Two women, a mother and her daughter, stand grillin’ up three kinds of delicious Zenners dogs: 8 inch All Beef, Kielbasa and Spicy Dog.

Drunkards stand around, some waiting for a hot dog, some confused and others stuffing their faces. The mom and daughter tell us they are taking over for the owner for the weekend—their good friend who one night decided to bring out her BBQ as a joke. “She made a bunch of hot dogs and at the end of the night everyone was like, see you next weekend!” the mom told me. She said they’ve been setting up every weekend since. I didn’t have a chance to ask her when the plastic Hoyt Dogs sign was put up, but I’m guessing after they hit it big.

This place is equipped with all the condiments you could ever think of: ketchup (covered with duct tape to add to the ever so rugged ambiance), regular mustard, spicy mustard, grilled onions, raw onions, sauerkraut, relish, shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese and Sriracha.

So we bought an 8 inch All Beef and loaded it up with ketchup, spicy mustard, onions, sauerkraut and cream cheese and walked home handing off the hot dog with each bite.

I don’t have much more information on the place, I think they are open just on Friday and Saturday nights—maybe till about 3:00 am. If anyone has more information, please email me: mangiapdx@gmail.com

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