Bear and I were near moved to tears when we spotted Jeff Koons' dog at the musée Pompidou last week. Memories of New York hot dogs past came to mind in a whoosh of emotion and knocked us flat. The hot pursuit was on.
Head honcho of Serious Eats, Ed Levine picked Frenchie To Go for the best hot dog of Paris and best taste of 2014. He waxes poetic..
A classic Nathan has the sauerkraut piled up high on top.'The hot dog in its brioche bun is a work of art, maybe not deserving a place in the permanent spot in the Louvre, but worthy of a gallery showing on the Left Bank for sure. I took a bite. The memory of Nathan's flooded back to me. It had that snap, the grind gave it a perfect, just chewy enough texture, it had been properly smoked, and the garlic and salt that seasoned the hot dog were perfectly proportioned.*And it even had a surprise, an innovation that US hot dog sellers should take note of: the housemade sauerkraut, redolent of juniper, was beneath the hot dog, nestled in the depths of the brioche bun. It was the hot dog equivalent of finding the surprise gift in the old boxes of Cracker Jacks.'We went charging off for a dog. Is he talking about the same dog I ate? The bun was not soft. The mustard squiggles got on your hands whilst eating?!(8 euros)
Underneath the dog? No way José!
One can see why the French are entranced by the iconic classic NY hot dog.
Doth not the French éclair appear to be a relative? Having perfected the one, they are perhaps driven to perfect the other?
La Mosaique - Pat's Hot Dog 56 rue du Roi de Sicile Marais was buzzing last Saturday.
Could this be Pat? To busy to ask.
You put on the toppings yourself - Relish, hot peppers and tiny fried onions.
I got the 'Alsacien' not noticing it was a chicken dog. This tasted more like a REAL New York hot dog than Frenchie I gotta say. Plus gelatteria Pozzetta is across the street waiting with pistache gelato. What's not to love? The price is right too.
At Les Halles cinema I passed on the so-called Original New York dog. No kraut on offer.
Leonie's Deli is brand new, open just one month 67 rue d'Argout
Everything is bio.
I got the 'Bonnie and Clyde'
pain blanc - saucisse de Strasbourg
cheddar fermier - relish - oignons frits
moutarde douce / ketchup
Did they have any kraut?
No way. Too stinky they said. Hmmm.
Paul et Virginie, Jeanne et Serge, Laurel et Hardy, Tristan et Iseult.
This shop LOVES hot dogs and does them proud. Their serving tray has a mission statement printed on it. You won't need a book here.
On to HUTCH 63 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis 75010
This place came the closest to fulfilling our dreams of the REAL New York dog. Their options are simple and right on. All for 4 euros.
Brooklyn (oignon confit)
Coney Island (chilli! a first in Paris)
New York(chou blanc!!)
And they didn't mind a bit putting the sauerkraut on top. Yahoo
Ze dog New Yorkaise parfait at Hutch wins Top Dog in Paris.
For a brief moment I thought I was back in New York.
Will a Sabrett hot dog cart please come to Paris!!
Now back to eclairs.