I finally made it to Destination Dogs. Been meaning to for a long time. A friend of mine has been there and recommended the dogs and other sausages. They have a wide variety of offerings; similar to Hot Dougs in Chicago. One difference is that all of the sausages (except the frankfurter) are made in house. Doug's gets them from many sources. The dog is an 8/1 natural casing Sabrett prepared on a griddle. You can visit their site at http://www.destinationdogs.com.
First I had the Cyclone which is their hot dog with mustard, chili, and onions. I omitted the onions. This dog was excellent and I'll go so far as to say that it was the best Sabrett I've had. Although I love the premium Hatfield and the Berk's dog served at Local Smoke, I prefer Sabrett to these brands provided it is prepared my favorite way. Which for a Sabrett is on the griddle. Like they do at Katz's, Papaya King, Gray's, and Boulevard Drinks. The bun here is by far the best bun I've had. It is their take on a French milk bread, or brioche. Very tasty and able to hold their various toppings without falling apart. Toasted and buttered and the right texture without being greasy. Just a fantastic hot dog bun.
The chili was also excellent. I had anticipated that the dog and bun would be very good based on what I heard but the chili far exceeded my expectations. Similar to North Jersey Texas Weiner chili but thicker and not as over the top with spicing. Overall a helluva dog and one of my favorites.
The bratwurst was also excellent. Made in house and a little different than your normal high quality brat from a pork store. This one is served on the same bun as the hot dog and topped with mustard, kraut (which was very good) and onions, which I again omitted. The bratwurst was veal and pork, nicely spiced with some black pepper, and coarsely ground. I loved it.
At this point my son (a Rutgers student who was at the library) joined me for a beer and a dog. My first dog had chili on half. It was so good I got another dog with chili on the whole thing. My son had the same.
Jimmy the owner was very cordial and great to talk to. I wish this place well and will be back soon. Great food, service, and beer selection.
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