Lunch time found me in downtown Santa Rosa today. I was looking for parking on Fourth Street when I caught a glimpse of the neon signs for Hot Dog City, new to me.
The menu features various styles, i.e., Chicago dog, chili dog, etc., and includes Polish, Cajun, chicken, and veggie dogs. At the counter I asked for help in choosing, specifying that I like a dog with good snap and a natural casing. The man pointed to the Schwarz sausage logo on display and said that all the dogs have casings. Bingo!
The menu states that the chili is made here. I ordered a chili dog, $3.75, to see how serious these folks are. This example passed with flying colors.
The mild chili is almost all hand-chopped, browned and braised beef with some creamy red beans and has a resonant meaty depth. The seasonings are not that complex nor is it spicy hot, but the chili is instead robust with beefiness. The cheese and onions were grated and chopped to order, ensuring freshness. The steamed bun was pretty good, fluffy and not mashing down. The Schwarz dog had a great snap, mild seasoning and was really juicy. I think it might be beef and pork. I liked that it tasted like meat and wasn't oversweetened.
This place takes hot dogs seriously.
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Hot Dog City
631 4th St
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Hot Dog City
804 Coddingtown Ctr
Santa Rosa, CA 95401