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Hazel's Hot Dogs (St. Augustine, FL)

BostonBestEats | Feb 9, 201809:03 AM    

WE CAN'T TELL YOU WHO MAKES THEM: But they are from NEW JERSEY!

I've been driving past HAZEL'S HOT DOGS for years while on vacation in "The Ancient City" (St. Augustine is America's oldest city), but this was the first time I stopped in for a bite. Hazel's (I can only assume Hazel is the weiner dog featured on the Hurricane Irma-damaged sign, since the owner's name is Perry), is a small shack located a few minutes drive from St. Aug's historic district on the side of a busy thoroughfare. Parking is fairly easy with ~10 spaces, but they can fill up at lunch time. Also, each order is prepared one at a time by 2 guys, so service can be a bit slow if the line stretches more than a few people. A couple of covered picnic tables and two bar stools if you want to eat somewhere besides your car.

Hazel's serves a pork-beef, natural casing dog that apparently comes from NJ. But when asked, they wouldn't tell me who makes it. In interviews online, the owner claims it is "specially produced" for them, but hot dog lovers know that is probably not the case. But it's a well-spiced dog, on a typically squishy store-bought bun, at a reasonable price.

I had two:

~CHILI DOG ($2.29): Topped with a very mild, thin meat & bean chili that tastes mostly like beans. I added some onions ($0.40). Kinda boring.

~DATIL DOG ($2.69): More interestingly, this was topped with sauerkraut (a bit limp) and a local specialty, mustard made from Datil Peppers. Menorcan Datils are almost exclusively grown around St. Augustine, have great flavor, and challenge Habaneros for heat. My favorite of the two dogs.

More about Datil Peppers, which are featured in a lot of local cuisine around here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datil_p...

~SMALL FRIES ($1.99): Outstanding, hand-cut, skin-on fries that are cooked to order. Don't even bother with ketchup for these. You can also get Chili Cheese fries if you want ($3.49).

Worth checking out if you are in the area.

Hazel's Hot Dogs
2400 N Ponce De Leon Blvd
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-8484

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