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BEWARE - Coney Island Hot Dogs/Hollywood on Vine

JJ | Feb 19, 2004 12:16 AM

Being a hot dog hound I'm sorry to report that my experience at this new venture was perhaps the worst I've had at any restaurant in several years. Upon entering I noticed there was no grill or cooking area at all, just a few steamers/heaters and crock-pot type things. This was not a good sign but figured I was there so I would try it.

I ordered one chicago polish dog and one regular coney dog. My SO does not eat beef or pork so he got the chicken sandwich. As they have no frys or chips, we got a side of potato salad.

First I tasted the polish dog upon which i had put mustard/relish/onions myself (this is 50 cents cheaper than if they do it for you). The dog as only mildly warm, no snap whatsoever. The bun was not steamed/warmed. My SO took one bite of his chicken sandwich and then pointed to the stringy 4" vein/god knows what that got stuck in his teeth. The meat looked completely dark (I didnt even know they make dark meat chicken patties). As he is a bit squeamish about that type of thing, I urged him to take it back to the counter and request a veggie burger, which he did.

I forced myself to eat half of my first dog and then bit into my second one which had mustard and coleslaw on it. Again, no snap/crunch, dry bun, lack of heat, and the coleslaw was that awful institutional kind that is kind of watery with an acidic taste. YUCK. The potato salad was actually decent somehow, not sure how they managed that.

The service was lame and amateurish, the prices high for what you get (for the price of one regular dog here I can get two huge dogs and 2 sodas at Costco). A truely abominable meal but we laughed the whole time knowing we had a new story to tell. If youre in the area and want a hot dog stick with Skooby's. Slightly more expensive but 1000% better. Again, BEWARE.

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