Craving a hot dog, the missus and I decided to try Code 10 in the South End, having read good things about it. I came away wondering why all the fuss.
The dogs themeselves were good enough; Code 10 serves Hebrew National as well as the local favorite Pearl. We both had slaw and Tex-Mex dogs. The slaw ones were decent; a dog set on a strand of cole slaw in a lightly toasted split-top roll. The Tex-Mex, on the other hand, were an abomination; a slice (yes, slice) of chedder and some lackluster salsa in a too-bulky roll.
What shocked me was the price: $24 and change for the four dogs, two sides of potato salad (good, but not nearly enough to justify $2.25 each), and two Hanks sodas--a scandalous amount, even for the South End. Even more so when you consider that had we gotten the "lunch box" special (which includes two naked dogs as opposed the the "specialty" ones we got; the rest is the same) our same meal would have cost half that, which means we spent $12 on some slaw, two slices of cheese, and a dollop of salsa.
Ah well, live and learn. The next time I crave a dog in town I'll stick to Joe & Nemo's or Simco's in Mattapan.