i'll admit, i've never been overly concerned with FL's lack of hot dog expertise -- probably because i really only liked my dogs chargrilled or split and pan-fried well-done, and most areas up north that are considered dog experts either boil or steam them. hence, most of the so-called best dog joints in FL cater to people who like steamed or boiled dogs.
but then i saw a TV show that featured a 'ripper' and a 'cremator' from rutt's hut in jersey. i was like, YES!!!! why didn't i ever think of that??!!
i started perusing the web looking for a spot that could provide me with one of these heart clogging wonders in central FL, but to no avail.
you would think that with all of the deep frying we do here in FL there would be someone who might think of throwing in a hot dog?!!
only place i saw was in sarasota called the salty dog and they batter their version, so that's more like a corn dog.
i was thinking of just attempting it myself here at home til i read the problems someone else was having recreating the ripper. a chow boards regular (hotdoglover) has just posted a recent bit in this thread http://www.chowhound.com/topics/192758 which explains that there actually is some method behind the marvelous madness of perfecting this deep fried treat. (particular brand of dog)
has anyone ever been to a place in FL that serves a deep fried dog??