Thursday afternoon I had an errand at Coddingtown Center, which turned into an opportunity to stop by the mall location of Hot Dog City again for a late lunch. Still working my way through the menu, this time I picked the “Rajun Cajun” dog garnished with a swiggle of brown mustard, chopped onions and giardiniera. I asked about the type of giardiniera used and the proud response was, “Chicago-style with sport peppers, the real deal imported from Chicago Pickle Company”. I don’t know one pickle company from another, but this spot has made fanatically good sourcing decisions so far and that was all I needed to go on.
While waiting for change, I could see my order come up, and appreciated the careful zig-zag of mustard squeezed onto the dog in precisely angled fine lines. Too bad that the toppings obscure the staffer’s delicate work in the picture below. However, it shows in the taste, each evenly spaced bite had the exactly correct amount of mustard on it. No more, no less.
Image of Rajun Cajun:
The Cajun sausage was great with a nice snap, well-seasoned, only moderately greasy, and medium spicy. I loved the giardiniera too, pickled bits of crunchy carrot, celery, and the very hot sports. No cauliflower in this version. And, while the parts were tasty individually, the combination of hot link with even hotter condiment was too fiery for me and I nearly flamed out. The perfectly drawn Thomas Kemper draft root beer in the frosty mug was the only thing that saved me. One nice touch was the extra six ounces or so of root beer served in a plastic cup alongside the mug. At first I wondered why the freebie, but soon understood after tasting the Rajun Cajun. The lagniappe was very thoughtful and greatly appreciated.
Strength building on strength in another solid performance, the folks at Hot Dog City do things right.
Hot Dog City
804 Coddingtown Center
Santa Rosa 95401
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