Memorable | One of the Best
O’Betty’s Red Hot Dogs and Sausages
Review by: Jim Ellison
Oh my: O’Betty’s may be the perfect spot for hot dog lovers and gourmet tube steak gluttons. This hot dog slinging shop quickly won the dining hearts of Ohio University students and Athens locals since opening in 2003. It has been voted best Athens hot dog each year since 2004. The theme of O’Betty’s involves hot dogs named after various striptease and pinup models from the first half of the 20th century. The hot dogs are 5 Star all beef dogs with a natural casing (one of the best commercially available hot dogs in the country). There are twelve “varietease” of dogs including a create-your-own style and a tofu dog for vegetarians.
If you want a Chicago-style dog, go with the Salome (“Dance of the 7 Veils”): sport peppers, sweet relish, pickle spear, diced tomatoes, diced onion, Stadium mustard, and celery seed. Any kind of topping you can think of is available as well as salsas from Casa Nueva (a local, organic, slow food coop restaurant), baked beans, mushrooms, and, on occasion, toppings such as corn relish, pepperjack cheese, and mango BBQ sauce.
This reviewer’s current favorite is a bratwurst, The Sophie: a Sheyboygan brat with diced jalapenos, mustard, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and fresh chopped parsley on a toasted, crusty French-style roll. Delicious. And the fresh-cut fries are perfect.
The dine-in area accomodates about 10 people so most people do carry-out. On a Friday or Saturday night/early morning, expect long lines of college students waiting for their chance to get the perfect hangover food.
Another bonus at O’Betty’s is the mini in-house Hot Dog History Museum and Weiner Hall of Fame.
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner, Late Night|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|