About hotdogman

I enjoy traveling and eating hot dogs wherever I am. I like to sample the local variations of America's favorite encased meat and discovering the stories behind the hot dog, the vendor, and the regional preferences. I also write about How to Start a Hot Dog Business, The Hot Dog Truck, The Shark Tank, and I have a personal blog, RobMerlinodotCom

Return of the Shnurble – Fred’s Franks

Let it be known: on April 1, 2015, Fred’s Franks, creator of The Shnurble, returned to its spot on Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Last year, the town fathers removed Fred’s from the spot after receiving a complaint from a disgruntled local store owner. In Wakefield, mobile vendors are allowed to stay in one spot for […]

Louie’s Hot Dogs

On a trip to beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina, our continuing quest for hot dogs brought us to a tiny shop on Princess Street called Louie’s Hot Dogs. Louie’s has been open since 1989 and has had several owners. Former owner Mary Garner recently returned to Louie’s Hot Dogs as the manager after noticing the place […]

The 11th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour 2014

Six hot dog establishments in the Garden State welcomed two busloads of hot dog enthusiasts to the 11th annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour 2014. Like other tours, this one began at Galloping Hill, an establishment that will likely be on every tour since they allow tour participants to park there for free! Almost Late for […]

Victor Matera Answers THE QUESTION

I recently attended the 11th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour and got a chance to meet Victor Matera. Victor appears in many movies, including A Bronx Tale, The Godfather Part Two, Scarface, and more. Victor was telling other tour attendees he’s always getting “whacked” in the movies – I guess it’s an occupational hazard! […]

Southside Dogs – Lowell, MA

Southside Dogs owner, Sandy Roberts, hopes to bring a little bit of Chicago to Lowell, Massachusetts. Sandy is a recent graduate of Hot Dog University out in Chicago. They told me about her when I was visiting there in August, so when I had some business in neighboring Dracut, I decided to stop in and […]

Resto Poutine – Poutine Stories

In Montreal, we found ourselves at Resto Poutine on Crescent Street in Mrs. Hotdogman’s continuing quest to find the PERFECT Poutine. We polled a dozen family members as to who has the best Poutine in Montreal and we decided on this place. It’s inside a depanneur (Canadian for convenience store) and it couldn’t be more […]

Captain George’s Fish n Chips – Poutine Stories

When you see “Captain George’s Fish n Chips” in a Hot Dog Stories title, you must be thinking something is amiss, but Mrs. Hotdogman likes to get “equal time” when we’re traveling, so today’s entry is a “Poutine Story.” You see, Poutine is Mrs. Hotdogman’s FAVORITE food and it’s a ubiquitous dish in most Canadian […]

Starlite Diner – Flint, Michigan

We stopped at the Starlite Diner in Flint, Michigan on a road trip about half-way from Chicago to Niagara Falls. The Starlite Diner is known for its exceptional Flint style Coney Island sauce. While Coney Island sauce is a hamburger sauce wherever you get it, the Flint style is distinctive, as is the Starlite Diner. […]

11th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour Promo

It’s time for Hot Dogs in New Jersey as the 11th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour is set for Saturday, September 13 at 11 AM. If you’d like to attend the 11th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour, there still may be a few seats available – CLICK HERE for ticket information. Myself, Jersey Hotdogman John […]

Wieners Circle

The Wiener’s Circle is that place in Chicago where you can get a good hot dog and a side of abuse. The place is renowned for the “abrupt” language of the staff and the sometimes racially laced interactions between patrons and staff. Foul language and good food are the order of the day, but most […]