Stop number one on the National Hot Dog Month Tour was Fenway Sausage Works in New Bedford, MA. This little trailer located in Custom House Square in Downtown New Bedford operates from 10 PM to 2 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. Owner Cory Hanks also does catering with his portable trailer.
Cory has had his ups and downs in the hot dog business. New Bedford forced him to shut down the day before Easter claiming he was violating an arcane and outdated city ordinance prohibiting mobile food vendors. Rather than pack it in and set up shop in another community, Cory is working to get a more progressive ordinance put in place. He claims he’d rather keep his fledgling operation in his hometown.
He has the support of several members of the New Bedford city council. They showed their support by showing up on the inaugural eve of the 2012 National Hot Dog Month tour. They hope to bring more mobile food operations within their city limits. Cory’s a real “hot dog activist” since he wants to see not only his business, but other mobile vendors as well, thrive in New Bedford.
Politics aside, Cory is slinging some mighty fine dogs out of his little rig. I brought him some jalapeno Pearl Franks, but my midnight dog was a grilled, half pound, all beef Pearl Frank with chopped bacon, sauteed onions, Dijon mustard and Onion Crunch.
We counted down the seconds until midnight and I chomped my dog at the stroke of twelve, officially starting the National Hot Dog Month Tour. The frank was ridiculous! I couldn’t think of a better way to kick of this year’s tour.
I will be heading back to New Bedford a couple more times this month to sample more of the Whaling City’s hot dog cuisine, but for now, Fenway Sausage Works is top dog!
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