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Santa Rosa Street Food

Melanie Wong | Sep 1, 2005 11:28 PM

A couple Saturdays ago my visit to downtown Santa Rosa happened to coincide with an art fair and some of the local food vendors were out in force. I stopped at Ralph's Courthouse Classics, a hot dog stand with a ex-NY owner. I asked him for a recommendation among his selection of dogs, saying that I liked a hot dog with a good snap. He suggested the Cajun, steering me away from the Polish that he said had a thicker natural casing that is a little too rubbery at times. A good rec, the Cajun did have the perfect burst when you bite into it. I added chopped tomatoes, onions, relish, and mustard from the help-yourself condiments. Even though he said it was not very hot, it registered more than medium spicy for me and I found myself looking around for something cold to put in my mouth.

Luckily, Mom's Apple Pie was right there offering up blackberry pie or Gravenstein apple pie ala mode. It's been a bit since I've had pie from Mom's, and this wasn't as good as what I remembered. The crust was on the soft side, and the apples needed more cinnamon. But it was decent and the ice cream put out the flames in my mouth.

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