Can Plz Have….Hot Dog?

One of my secret guilty pleasures about DC is the hot dogs – specifically, the vendor carts out on every appreciable corner where tourists walk. It never fails – when out with Mysterious M doing a photo jaunt or museum run, I *have* to stop to get a hot dog. Or, if my stomach hankers, a brat.

There’s just something very American-y about hot dogs and vendors: be it at a ballpark or sporting event, on the streets surrounding the Mall, or on a backyard grill, they’re like kryptonite to me. And you can talk all you want about what’s in them and how much fat and calories they have – I’ll just put my hands over my ears and ‘lalalalalalala’ you. They taste good (especially with dill pickle, French’s mustard and a nice bit of sauerkraut) and that’s all I need to enter gastric heaven.

So when I saw this article in today’s online express, I immediately began lobbying for our building to have one. Despite the fact we have no vending machines whatsoever, nor are they “allowed” by building management.

I suppose I’ll make it a point to suggest some weekend activities in town, conveniently near one of these contraptions. Anyone want to help me out and let me know where they’re located in the District? My wife doesn’t read this, so you can put it in the comments section.

It’ll be our little secret.

5 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 10:55 am

    You can take the vendor out of the hot dog business but you can’t take the hog anus out of the hot dog. This just seems wrong. I don’t trust machines that have to refrigerate and cook at the same time. Maybe I will try one if I find a machine outfitted with veggie dogs.

  2. julia (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

    If only I were in DC!! I would be first in line on the hot dog vending machine quest. Seriously, I love hot dog related events. Good luck and please please please post all kinds of great photos of this beast in action when you find it.

  3. poo poo (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

    i’ve mentioned this before, but it’s seems appropriate to mention it again.

    for a uniquely american and LOCAL experience, give one of the vendors’ half smokes a try. they’re unique to our area, and quite tasty!

    see more here:

  4. Ben R (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

    Oh, *completely* agree, Poo Poo. But when faced with a choice, I go for the bratwurst. Usually. :)

  5. Joseph J. Finn (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

    The Chicagoan in me just threw up a little at the thought of this.

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