Went on my second trip to Jerry's Dogs last night. This was my chance to evaluate them, to tell whether or not my first good experience was a fluke.
On that first trip, I had the Signature Dog ($2.75), with grilled onions, grilled peppers, mayo and dijon. A nice dog, with casing that snapped when bitten. The meat was juicy, and had a hint of smoke, although not enough to lend any credence to the term "Wood Fired" that Jerry's proclaims its dogs to be. The bun wasn't toasted (which would've hit it right out of the park), but I still liked that first dog. The grilled onions were good, but the grilled peppers were slightly charred. Nonetheless, I didn't mind, being that this was my first time there. Perhaps I was just unlucky with the grilled peppers. The dog was still darned good.
Last night, I ordered the Bratwurst ($3.95). Again the sausage was fine. Nicely spiced, and juicy. This time the bigger bun really needed some toasting as it was very doughy and cold. I got the same toppings as last time, but this time, my grilled peppers were charcoal!
Now I know what you're saying. Why didn't I ask for properly prepared grilled peppers? Well, I could have, but here's the deal: they put onions and peppers on the griddle prior to you ordering it. They sit there, cooking until they burn until you are at the condiment counter giving them your order. Last night, when I went up and asked for grilled peppers, he simply scooped up the grilled peppers that had been burning to black char on the corner of the griddle and plopped them down on my sandwich. Now why he thought this mess of char was edible was beyond me. I had thought about protesting, but again, I was trying to gauge how this place operates. Here's what makes me a little wary of going back, which I have not revealed until now: there was a mound of perfectly done grilled peppers on the griddle which were not charred. He could have served me that, but he did not. He probably thought it better to unload the charred bits on me. The fact that we were the only customers there on a Sunday night (10 minutes before closing) made his decision even more baffling.
Now I know I'm overreacting. Maybe I should give it another try. Charred grilled peppers should be a minor quibble - I mean, it's a condiment, of which you get 4 included free with your dog. But does this incident give me an impression on how a place operates? I think so. Especially when the place has a list of "Do's and Don'ts" on "Hot Dog Etiquette".
Seems a bit hypocritical if you ask me.