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Montreal hot dog?

Patelenberg | | Aug 11, 2009 02:18 PM

So running through various threads (including the excellent one on Montreal institutions), I came across several references to Montreal hot dogs and to various hot dog joints. This made me wonder: is there a local Montreal hot dog tradition -- something akin to the Chicago hot dog?

With a visiting foodie in town, two hot dog joints were tried today: Lafleur on St. Denis, whose hot dog (according to my taster) lacked snap, was not distinctively cooked, and had a fairly tasteless cucumber or zucchini salad. Not a rave review, needless to say.

The second hot dog trial was with Chien Chaud victoire. This time the toasté was tried. This adds a nice texture to the bun and the dog, but otherwise there seemed to be nothing particularly distinctive to the dog, unless it was the very finely chopped onions. But I give lots of credit for a fine hole-in-wall ambience.

Still on our list is Paul Patates, on which there is a very nice post on the board.

Is there anything I should know before we keep at it? Are we tilting at windmills? Is there no such thing as a Montreal hot dog? If there is, what should we know about it, and where should we try?

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