After Simon Majumdar's reading from his new book, Eat My Globe, at Book Passage in the Ferry Building, Alex, Carson and I needed to get a quick bite. And while I’d been proud not to have darkened the door at the local Taylor’s Automatic Refresher, our hungry 9 year-old could not be denied. Nothing else any better was open nearby, so Taylor’s it was. Carson clambered onto her favorite stool at the counter, right in front of the fry station where she could watch the cooks.
I tried to go cheap and ordered two items from the specials menu: the Mr. Kentucky hot dog special, $5.99, and shared a glass of 2006 Stony Hill Napa Valley Gewurztraminer, $5. Carson had her usual grilled cheese sandwich plus garlic fries and instructed me on Mad Libs.
The menu described Mr. Kentucky as “An overstuffed all beef hot dog eaten with a knife and fork. It is filled with grilled onions, mushrooms, our homemade American slaw, ranch (sic), BBQ (sic), and then topped with melted jack cheese. Delicious.” I figured that since I love mayo on dogs, it’s not that much of a stretch to ranch dressing. This was my first encounter with slaw on a dog, having only seen them on PBS specials, and I liked the crunchy addition very much. The hot dog was split and grilled. Nice carmelized onions, and the BBQ sauce was fine for a little more punch. The mushrooms I could take or leave, and the cheese added nothing except more calories. The bun wasn’t toasted and turned completely soggy and flat, so I guess that could be eliminated too. I’m a convert to slaw dogs now.
The 2006 Stony Hill Napa Valley Gewurztraminer seemed to be quite a deal at $5/glass or $20/bottle. I watched a fresh bottle being opened and poured for us. However, the wine was oddly dumb with hardly any fragrance at all, which is pretty unusual for this grape variety.
Our order at Taylor’s Refresher -
Eat My Globe thread -
Gott's Roadside "Tray Gourmet"
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111