This week’s blog is sure to start areal debate with sandwichphiles: is a hot dog a sandwich?
Now I know most of you may already have the pat response of “No” just jumping from your mouths, but first a bit of discussion.
In the past I’ve written reviews for cheesesteaks, subs and a wrap, and those never sparked controversy on their status as sandwiches, so why is it that we cannot consider a hot dog as a sandwich?
Well, today I’ve decided to change that after visiting The Wien truck in Los Angeles.
I’d been following the truck on Twitter for a few weeks before I finally was able to sample their offerings as they stopped outside of my work one day in Studio City. I ordered the Stray Dog, an all beef hot dog, wrapped in bacon and topped with grilled onions, peppers, crema mexicana and delicious cotija cheese.
This is LA’s official hot dog. When you walk around the streets at night, outside of bars, concerts or local hotspots, you will always see someone with a hot tray dishing out these dogs, and they are great.
The Wien does not disappoint with their Stray Dog. The bacon is perfectly cooked, a bit crispy and a delicious flavor to compliment the all beef frank. The grilled peppers added a nice smoked pepper flavor and the cotija cheese was something I had never tried before, but was definitely impressed by it’s firm texture and slightly salty flavor.
Overall, the Stray Dog was an excellent addition to the Danger Sandwich compendium and I highly recommend it for anyone in the area.
But let’s keep the conversation going here: I think a hot dog is a sandwich. Why do/don’t you?
Until next week…
The Stray Dog
The Wien Truck
Los Angeles, CA
thewien.com and @thewientruck on Twitter