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SF - CALIFORNIA DOGS - Good dog ... good, good dog

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SF - CALIFORNIA DOGS - Good dog ... good, good dog

rworange | Mar 7, 2006 12:14 AM

Not just good for the neighborhood, but good for SF and probably one of the better hot dogs in the Bay Area.

The grilled dog has a nice snap, nice grilled sesame bun with a high dog to bun ratio. There is about an inch of naked dog on either end of the bun.

I’m sworn to secrecy about the brand of hot dog they use, but I’ll say that no other hot dog place that I know of in the Bay Area sells this frank. Really nice snappy casing and good spice. All beef.

The California Dog isn’t the usual – it is topped with avocado slices, chopped tomato and a Thousand Island-like dressing. It was good, but that dog was better and next time I’ll just order dog and bun … it doesn’t need anything else.

There is a nice condiment counter which has mustards, catsup, mayo, sauerkraut, relish, mayo and maybe other things. I was interested in the sauerkraut for future trips.

They also make their own soup which was good. The chicken noodle had an intense chicken flavor, some shredded chicken, carrots and flat noodles. The carrots and noodles were a little softer than I prefer, but the deep chicken flavor of the broth was just so good.

Dogs are $3.25. Other sausages are $3.75. Small soup $1.50 large $2.50

The owner really did his homework. He was talking about all the different brands of hot dogs and sausages he tried before deciding on the current vendors. He was raving about some bakery that had the most delicious sesame hot dog buns, but they would not make them smaller to his specification. The bun he has now is very good and really is the right proportion … not too little and not too much bun.

He was reluctant to divulge his dog source. I guess it is a dog eat dog world in the hot dog business. He didn’t want his competitors to know. His concern was quality control. That someone else might sell the same dog but not cook them with the same high standards or serve them on an inferior bun.

He sounds like he might be from the East Coast because he was saying that back East the brand of hot dog was important while he wasn’t finding the same fan base for a particular brand in California.

He really knows hot dogs talking about the other shops in the area and what he liked about different area franks and things he wanted to do better in his restaurant.

He really impressed me that he said something along the line that it is fine to be passionate about a food or business, but the bottom line was that passion needs to produce delicious food and not just a lot of talk.

The dog was delicious.

Other items on the menu:

Garlic fries
Salad
Potato salad
Macaroni salad

Sausages:

Louisiana Hot Links
Hickory smoked cuts of pork, spices & rice vinegar

Kielbasa
Smoked pork and veal, fresh garlic, natural spices and seasoning

Bavarian Bratwurst
Spiced blend of pork, beef, veal, seasoned with natural spices and fresh onions

Swiss Bockwurst
Mild blend of pork and veal, fresh milk and eggs, fresh onions and natural spices and seasonings.

Turkey Santa Fe with cilantro
Low fat turkey meat, mildly seasoned with natural spices and seasonings

Chicken chipotle
Southern spices, Mexican chilis

Chicken Italian Sun dried Tomatoes
Natural hot spices and seasoning (Italian styloe linguisa)

Chicken Apple
Sweet tart apples, 4 real fruit juices, natural herbs and spices

Lemon Chicken
Fresh lemons, real fruit juices, natural herbs and spices

Portuguese Linguica
Cuts of pork, robust natural spices, wine vinegar

This is a really nice modern looking shop. There

California Dogs
1107 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco Ca 94112

Near City College. One half block away from Beep Burgers and across the street from Kragen Auto.

415-337-9700

I asked if there was a website and he said they just opened Tuesday, so not yet. There are some take-out menu cards.

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