Posts Tagged ‘hot-dog’

Beansie’s Bus – Michigans and Small French Fry

May 30, 2008

Beansie's Bus - Burlington Vermont
Beansie’s Bus – Burlington Vermont

Beansie’s Bus is back! This food bus is an institution. Speaking of institution I was taking care of some parking business at the Burlington Police station next door, Beansie’s made the trip much more palatable.

Battery Park - Burlington Vermont
Waterfront Park – Burlington Vermont

Battery Park overlooks Waterfront Park, it’s an awesome view of the lake while eating your lunch. Notice the seagull… more about that later.

Beansie\'s Bus - Michigans and Small French Fry
Beansie’s Bus – Michigans and Small French Fry

First let’s talk fries, Beansie’s are the best in town, yes even slightly better than Al’s French Frys. Deep golden brown hand-cut wonders of the deep frier. These fries stay crisp during their entire brief duration on earth. They taste like the oil isn’t changed too often resulting in a rich flavor, but not contaminated tasting. Make sure to hit these guys with a couple shots of vinegar at the counter.

I think Beansie’s may have introduced me to Michigan hotdogs, or Michigan’s for short. Apparently Michigan’s are a bit of New England food, known in Michigan as a “Coney Island Dog.” A “Michigan” is a hot dog with Michigan sauce on it. The sauce is like a cross between chili and sloppy Joe sauce. The sauce is slightly spicy, has onions in it, hamburger, and some sort of slightly sweet tomato base. I ordered mine with extra raw onions, then finished the dogs with a stripe of ketchup and mustard. The steamed hotdog is kind of plain, but in a Michigan it’s a great counterpoint to the flavorful sauce.

It was $3 for a Michigan and $3.50 for the fries, the Beansie’s cook rounded it up to $10 for 2 Michigan’s and fries.

Battery Park Seagull - Burlington Vermont
Battery Park Seagull – Burlington Vermont

Watch out for the seagulls! They’re notorious for stealing food. Apparently last summer there was a “sick” seagull speaker installed, to help ward of the pesky aviators. I was sitting on the wall of the park, and there were seagulls on both side eyeing my lunch and coming closer. The Champlain Lake + Beansie’s is also a strong draw for obnoxious seagulls as well. My friend used to colloquially refer to seagulls as “dump turkeys”; these seagulls seem to have pretty good taste.

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TJ’s Dawg House’s – New House

May 1, 2008

T.J.\'s Dawg House - Williston Vermont
T.J.’s Dawg House – Williston Vermont

A sure sign of spring, T.J. is back at his usual spot slinging hotdogs (dawgs). He now has a swanky new house, and same great dawgs. I like how T.J. Dawg House, is now a house instead of a cart; the name is just more authentic now.

Al’s French Fries – Double Cheese burger, hot dog, pint of fries.

April 2, 2008

Al’s French Fries - South Burlington Vermont
Al’s French Fries – South Burlington Vermont

Al’s French Fries as noted on their website, is a local institution. One of the first times going to Al’s French Fries, I remember my grade school classmates on a field trip choosing McDonald’s over “Al’s”. I was surprised; this is one of my earlier memories of seeking out better food.

Al’s French Fries - Double cheese burger, hot dog, pint of fries.
Al’s French Fries – Double cheese burger, hot dog, pint of fries.

Their fries are perfect hand-cut real potatoes, fried fresh in front of you, not over salted, crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside. Vinegar is on the all of the tables for the fries; Al’s is where I first learned of this french fry condiment. I got my food to go, in colder weather Al’s will also give you a box to put over your food. I look their take out box / tray. It soaks up the grease and prevents errant fries from escaping, also condiments can be mounded directly on the cardboard.

Other that the awesome fries, the double cheese burger was nice, tasting more “real” than a chain fast food alternative. It’s fun watching the grill / fry cooks produce your order right in front of you. Finally the hotdog was good as well, I’m glad Al’s now stocks sour kraut, I’ll bet this was a McKenzie dog.  Both the dog and burger buns are from the local Koffee Kup bakery on Riverside Ave in Burlington, the outside of the buns are toasted on the grill (dry) and produce a nice crisp bite when eaten.

The only french fries that touch Al’s are Beansie’s which is seasonal bus, parked near the Burlington Police station in the summer. I saw their bus about a month ago:

 Beansie’s -Burlington Vermont
Beansie’s – Burlington Vermont

Al’s is a must, you may also be able to catch one of their french fry stands around various events in Vermont, if you can’t make the trip to Burlington.

The double cheese was $2.69, the hotdog $1.29 + .50 cents for kraut, and the pint of fries $1.95 (all pre-tax). I should have one gotten a cup of fries, I had to give the rest of my fries away to my appreciative co-worker.

TJ’s “Dawg” House Sausage with Pepper and Onions

November 20, 2007

The Hot Dog Guy, has a name, it’s TJ, and yes he’s a Red Sox fan. You can see his great commercial here. I came back to his fine cart, to sample the Sausage with Pepper and Onions:

TJ’s Dawg House Sausage with Peppers and Onions

The sausage has some nice spice, although I personally would like it a little spicier. The grilled peppers and onions provide a nice sweet contrast to the spices in the sausage. The Vienna Beef “Dawgs” will continue to be the star of the show at TJ’s Dawg House, but for a change of pace this sausage hits the spot.

The Hot-Dog Guy’s Vienna Beef

November 16, 2007

Formerly of home depot fame, the Hot-Dog Guy, has returned. His new home is a cart adjacent to Best Buy in Williston Vermont. He is now slinging Chicago’s famous Vienna Beef dogs, 1/4 LB hot-dogs that is! He also has the standard Vienna Beef accoutrement of relish, jalapenos, sliced fresh tomatoes, and onions. Options that cost a little extra are sour kraut, chili, and cheese.

Vienna Beef
I opted for the kraut, jalapenos, tomato, mustard and ketchup combo.

The bun is a nice seeded, warmed bun. Vienna Beef, is a new hot-dog to me, and it’s delicious. Subtle spices in the meat and the addition of some new toppings makes this a novel twist on classic Americana.
At $2.50 for a plain 1/4 hot-dog, these are a great value.