Sorry I never got around to reporting back about our SF Hot Dog Tour. Here is a brief report:
World Sausage Grill: A large selection of sausages and beer. I was disappointed with my all-beef dog. My buddy had some sort of spicy turkey or chicken sausage and really liked it. Neither of us liked the buns. Good German potato salad. This place is worth a try if you’re in the neighborhood, but I wouldn’t cross town for it.
Rosamunde Sausage Grill: A small but excellent menu. I had knockwurst and my friend had the beer sausage. We both loved it. Excellent buns. Bottled sodas. A class act all around and worth a trip across town.
Fatt Dog: A new chain that was voted "best all-beef dog in the Bay Area." I had the German garlic frankfurter and it was very good and very potent. I was tasting garlic for the next several hours. My friend found out the hard way that he doesn’t like bockwurst. Decent potato salad. Frito-Lay chips. No bottled sodas, just your typical self-serve soda fountain. This place is worth seeking out.
The Dog-Out: This is the franchise arm of the Top Dog chain. Pretty much the same as Top Dog. I had the chicken apple sausage and it was fine. Don’t remember what my friend had, but he liked it alright. Bottled sodas. Worth a try if you happen to be in the neighborhood. It’s in a crummy part of town, so go to one of the other dog joints if don’t have any other reason to be in that area.
Perry’s Joint: This place changed hands a week before we tried it and was now called "The Unity Cafe." But, they were still serving dogs. We both ordered the chilli dog. It was a large dog served in a foil lined basket. I thought it was good but not great. My friend was unimpressed. They sell other lunch items, ice cream and candy. This could really be a cool little joint in the right hands. But judging from the new name, my guess is that the new owner is clueless.
Let’s Be Frank: This is a cart that sells "The Omega Dog – The world’s healthiest hot dog." They set up outside the ballpark on game days. These are five bucks a pop and worth it. Made from all-natural beef and full of omega-3 fatty acids. I had two and really felt good afterwards. A tasty dog too. Served with grilled onion. My buddy was equally impressed. They also set up their cart at Crissy Field. Well worth seeking out.
We also tried to go to What’s Up Dog and the Dogzilla Cafe, but they were closed.