Remember your responses to What do you want on a hot dog?
Well, Tower Dogs isn’t the only specialty hot-dog shop that’s paying attention to your desires. Two other restaurants love to experiment and even offer some of your ideas. Give them a call and see what they’ll do for ya:
One is called Chili Dog Diner in the Bulldog Plaza at Barstow and Cedar avenues, (559) 439-3647. Chili Dog Diner opened about a month ago, so it’s still adding a lot of hot dogs to its list. Here are some of its popular ones:
- The Chicago Dog: A hot dog with mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickle spears and celery salt.
- The Reuben: A hot dog with Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese.
- The Gutwrencher: A hot dog, with mustard, relish, onions, jalapeÃ±os, hot wax peppers and a sauce that’s “hotter than tabasco,” says owner George McNeal. (This one is hot — really hot. If you get The Gutwrencher, ask for some Tums. Chili Dog Diner gives them out.)
- The Bulldog: One bun with two hot dogs, mustard, relish and onions.
The other is called Booney’s Dogs & More at Shaw and West avenues, (559) 261-1212. Booney’s has been open for more than a year, so it has had more time to experiment. Choose from a variety of hot dogs and sausages, then top them any way you like. Or order one of the popular combinations. Here are a few of them:
- The California Dog: A hot dog with tomato slices, avocado and alfalfa sprouts.
- The Caliente Dog: A hot dog with pepper Jack cheese, homemade chili, pico de gallo and jalapeÃ±os.
- The Tower of Pizza: An Italian sausage with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese.
- The Pastrami Dog: A hot dog topped with shaved pastrami, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.
- The Veggie Dog: A vegetarian hot dog topped with fresh tomato slices, onions, wax pepper, grated cheddar cheese and lettuce.
- That’s a Wrap, James: Created for a customer named James, this hot dog is wrapped in bacon and deep fried, then topped with barbecue sauce, diced onions and blue-cheese crumbs.
[photo source: Chili Dog Diner]