Hudson Valley Hot Dog Craze
These frank purveyors are a cut above the rest.
Fotolia / Brent Hofacker
Hot dogs are haute stuff in the Valley right now. Don't believe us? Just take a road trip to any of the eateries serving up some of the tastiest dogs in the region. From topping overloads to farm-to-table dogs, here are some of best, and most interesting, hot dogs in the Hudson Valley.
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
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.
At the junction of Rtes 23A and 32A, Palenville
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.
Water Street Market at 12 Main St, New Paltz
If you're in the mood for a no-frills dog, Pete's in Newburgh is the place to be. Swing by on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when you can score two hot dogs and a drink for a whopping $4.58 before tax. Keep the toppings simple with mustard and kraut, try a New York dog with sauteed red onions, or spice things up with a spicy chili dog.
293 S William St, Newburgh