The New York City version of Chowhounds has recently run a question asking what is the "quintessential hot dog" and where can somebody find one? Since it may be a while before I am back in New York to sample the suggestions on that website, I thought I'd ask the same question closer to home (From NY, Florida has been home for just about thirty years!) I personally am still partial to Sabretts, which are the street food of New York City. Thankfully, they are available in grocery stores down here, for grilling. But in Florida, there is the brand name, "Belly Buster", a pork/beef bigboy packed by The New Best Packers in Palatka. Accept no substitutes! We used to be able to buy Belly Busters at Gannon's Meat Market in Crystal River, FL, but they changed hands and discontinued Belly Busters. We have found sources for them, again in Ocala and Leesburg- meat markets only. We know of no resturant or hot dog stand that does Belly Busters. Just outside of Leesburg, the little Spillway Tavern, Hwy 44, Lisbon, FL serves up a "West Virginia Hot Dog," which is known for its toppings: chili, cole slaw, and optional onion. Some parts of West Virginia don't use cole slaw for their authentic 'dog, I have recently learned.
O.K., I got us started! What is your "Quintessential (Florida) Hot Dog?" Where do we get one?