Excellent | Worth a Detour
Bethel Hot Dog Palace
Review by: Michael Stern
The Bethel Hot Dog Palace, which has dubbed itself “A Great American Diner,” used to be the Roadside Chili House, and although the name has changed, the cuisine’s the same. The star of the show is not chili (it never was), but a foot-long, natural-casing Hummel brand hot dog that comes covered with chili. You also can get the dog with cheese, bacon, and/or onions. If your frankfurter aesthetic is of the Bauhaus school, you can have it plain, presented in a nice, grill-toasted bun. The ultimate configuration, with everything on dog or burger, here here known as Texas-style.
The chili is fine-grind beef with a just a whisper of tongue-tingling kick. Containing no beans or other vegetables, it’s more a meat sauce than a meal; and I would imagine that a bowl full of it would be monotonous. On hot dogs or hamburgers or piled onto French fries, it’s a dandy halo.
To drink, on the side: a milk shake, please. Available flavors include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and orange Creamsicle.
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