Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Hot dogs are the only thing on the menu at Flo’s, so when you enter the low-slung diner and peer through the pass-through window into the kitchen, proprietor and chef Gail Stacey (the late Flo’s daughter-in-law) will ask just one question: “How many?” They are small, so we suggest you have a large number in mind. Three or four will sate a decent appetite. Like the wieners, buns are steamed to order; and these gentle bread pockets, fresh out of the heat box, have a silky texture that is itself a vital component of the singular culinary experience that is dining at Flo’s.
Hot sauce, which is technically optional but culinarily essential, is Flo’s secret weapon. Nothing like the beefy chili on a chili dog, it is meatless, a devilishly dark sweet/hot relish of stewed onions, glistening with spice and customarily finished with a sprinkle of celery salt. A “special” at Flo’s is a hot dog with this sauce and a thin line of mayonnaise, a magic combination that makes the very modest, bubble-gum colored hot dog unspeakably luxurious. If instead of mayo you get mustard, the kick of the sauce/mustard interaction gives every bite a wicked-good bark.
Note: Flo’s is open only for lunch, year-around, from 11am to 3pm daily, except for Wednesday, when it is closed.
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