Hot Diggity Dog – Bein’ American…Eatin’ Hot Dogs

3 Jul
I can already hear the rumbling of thunder in the distance, just waiting until you fire up the grill to unleash the rainy fury that no doubt awaits us here in Charlotte this 4th of July. Fortunately, Charlotte provides some great options for grabbing that All-American hot dog and a cold beer without investing all that time and money at the grocery store. Here are a couple of our favorites to consider for the holiday weekend…
JJs-Red-Hots-CharlotteJJ’s Red Hots – www.jjsredhots.com – Charlotte – Partying on the 4th What better way to celebrate America’s birthday, than with JJ’s who’s celebrating their 1 year anniversary on the 4th. JJ’s serves world famous Sahlen’s hot dogs, and has every imaginable topping to take your dog from ordinary to exotic. Music starts at 1 p.m. but the celebration starts when they open at 11 a.m. (never too early for a $1.99 hot dog right?)

A collection of “Dogs of the Week” throughout the year allowed local celebs to create their own concoction and make it available to the public. While I didn’t get to try them all, the one that had me regretting I didn’t get a second one upon pulling out of the driveway – Kaiser’s Revenge (OMB Copper beer cheese, fried jalapenos, onion rings, and rocket sauce) – by Ryan Self of The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. I’m not sure if the weekly dogs will be available tomorrow, but it never hurts to ask.
Staple menu dogs include:
  • JJ’s “No. 1” Red Hot – JJ’s Hot Relish, Diced Onions, Weber’s Mustard, Dill Pickle Spear
  • The Char Heel – Chili, Slaw, Diced Onions, Mustard
  • The Dirty Jerz – Sauerkraut, Pickle Relish, Diced Onions, Deli Mustard.
  • Chili Cheese “Coney – House-made Chili, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Diced Onions
  • Sonoran (Southwestern Style) – Borracho Beans, Fire-grilled Salsa, Cilantro, Shredded Cheese
  • The Joliet Jake (Chicago Style) -Tomatoes, Sport Peppers, Diced Onions, Pickle Relish, Deli Mustard, Celery Salt, Pickle Spea
  • The Whistle Pig – House-cured Bacon, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Diced Onions, Weber’s Mustard
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VBGB – vbgbuptown.com – Charlotte – Closed for the 4th. Reopens on Friday.
For anyone from the Rochester, NY area, you probably already know about VBGB. The beer garden serves Zweigles red and white hots, famous for being made in a natural casing that pops open when they’re done cooking. Having grown up in Rochester, VBGB fills the void when I’m left craving a childhood favorite. A not-so-secret secret – order the dog on a grilled pretzel roll (you’ll never eat a hotdog bun again). Grab a side of homemade warm red potato salad, and split a pretzel with beer cheese (the best in Charlotte) for a well rounded meal. With cornhole boards, giant Jenga, sand volleyball courts and a great lineup of beer, families, couples and singles alike all have a great time when they visit VBGB.
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D-Moe’s Famous Hotdogs – d-moes.com – Indian Trail – Call for hoursFor anyone in our neck of the woods (Union County), you may not know of a D-Moe’s tucked behind fast food alley on Hwy 74 in Indian Trail. If you can see Wendy’s and Bojangles, get in behind them and you’ll find D-Moe’s Famous Hotdogs.Twelve types of gourmet dogs to choose from with ingredients ranging from beef chili, blue cheese, guacamole, and thousand island dressing. The D-Moe’s Original is wrapped in bacon, and includes mustard sauce, Texas Pete, onion, jalapenos, and blue cheese coleslaw. Their milkshakes are made with real ice cream, and are a nice consolation to not having beer available.

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