Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area

Original Kasper's

Melanie Wong | | Aug 25, 2001 05:44 PM

Ever wondered about that small shack on the acute triangle-shaped block where Shattuck and Telegraph merge?

That’s The Original Kasper's Hot Dogs (4521 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, Ca 94609 510-655-3215), established in 1929, and the best place to get a real hot dog.

The hot dogs are all beef and carefully built to order. They’re called “sandwiches” here and worth the wait in a long line while each is prepped individually. The onion is sliced to order, the tomatoes are sliced to order, and when the counterman asks you whether you want salt and pepper, be sure to say “yes”. The freshness of the condiments and this extra seasoning add so much to the flavor. In recent years, you can also get real California cheddar cheese on your dog as well. In Kasper tradition, this is finely grated to order too and not broken off a matted prepackaged clump. A selection of somewhat esoteric sodas to whet your whistle and chips are also available. A frou-frou lemon chicken dog was introduced not too long ago for the fat-conscious, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to order one yet.

Open Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

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