It’s a good read, but the only thing Mr. Levine has over our own John Fox is a better forum for disseminating his information, and a good buzz about himself owing to the recent book about pizza. When it comes to actual hot dogology, John Fox is head and shoulders above all pretenders.
You couldn’t pay me to eat the monstrosity served up by the Brooklyn Diner. Even a 1/4 pound dog is too big.
Levine does have it right about how they should be prepared, a nice kosher style all beef dog grilled so the skin is crisp, served on a warm roll, either steamed or lightly toasted, with a spicy brown or deli style mustard.
Syd’s in Union, NJ (visited on the 2004 Hot Dog Tour) is my favorite. Rutt’s is not in this style dog, and Syd’s beats Nathans, Katz’s, Gray’s, and Papaya King, although you can’t beat the deal at the latter two, and Nathan’s fries are still among the best.