Hudson Valley Hot Dog Craze
These frank purveyors are a cut above the rest
Photo: Fotolia/Brent Hofacker
More than 155 million hot dogs will be eaten during the July 4th weekend alone, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. If you plan to be one of those consumers, we’ve got you covered. In celebration of one of America’s favorite summer foods — and National Hot Dog Month — we set out to find some of best, and most interesting, hot dogs in the Hudson Valley.
Holy Dog, Middletown
This buzzing hot dog spot is as popular for its creative menu as it is for the enthusiastic personality of Chef/Owner Jamie Palacios. Friends call him Chino and you should, too. Order from the menu, build your own from a bounty of fresh ingredients, or order like a regular with a secret, off-menu option: The Chino Dog — a dog wrapped in fried cheese and topped with chorizo, spicy Italian peppers, oregano, pico de gallo, cilantro sauce, and cortija cheese. “Eating hot dogs brings back good memories from when we were kids,” says Palacios. “I’m creating new memories with new flavors.”
44 W Main St, Middletown
Pippy’s Hot Dog Truck, Palenville
Chef/Owner Heather Williams creates masterpieces that are as delicious as they are beautiful. Check out Pippy’s Instagram account (@pippyshotdogtruck) to feast your eyes on its latest indulgent dogs like the Buckshot Billera - a bacon-wrapped dog topped with mustard, cheese sauce, homemade mac-n-cheese, and Goldfish crackers. The 100-percent-beef hot dogs in all-natural casings are accompanied by homemade toppings and sides that are made from seasonal, local ingredients.
Pippy’s Hot Dog Truck
At the junction of Rtes 23A and 32A, Palenville
(845) 853-2287; www.pippyshotdogtruck.com
City Dogs, Wappingers Falls
This new kid on the block has gourmet creations you couldn’t imagine in your wildest dreams. Check out the Ubu Ale Dog topped with sautéed onions, bleu cheese, bacon and a Lake Placid Ubu Ale sweet reduction with scallions. Spice things up with the Sancho dog — a deep-ried, bacon-wrapped, jalapeño dog topped with charred jalapeños, Mexican street corn, and cortija cheese.
2653 E Main St, Wappingers Falls
(845) 298-1234; www.facebook.com/Citydogswappingers
Kosiner Brothers Organic Hot Dogs, New Paltz
Looking for a veggie or vegan dog? The Kosiner Brothers have you covered. Organic and traditional Sabrett dogs are also on the menu, all of which can be paired with homemade, farm-fresh toppings and sauces. Co-owner Brock Kosiner says the Blue Ribbon — featuring Dijon mustard, bleu-cheese crumbles, and herbs de provence — and the Fweddy — with spicy ketchup, zucchini relish, and raw red onion — are favorites.
Cosigner Brothers Organic Hot Dogs
Water Street Market at 12 Main St, New Paltz
(845) 633-8323; www.facebook.com/KosinerBrothersOrganicHotDogCart