Every once in a while, I come across an oldie but goodie. Crif Dogs, a casual hot dog joint that I frequented in my college days, is one of those old friends. Offering unique hot dog toppings with names such as the Spicy Redneck and the Morning Jersey, Crif Dogs is great for lunch, dinner or that late night snack. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera on me, so I used my good ol’ smart phone – excuse the graininess! One of the first things you’ll notice is the mural saucily staring back at you:
Yep. Don’t say you weren’t warned!
My eating buddy and I ordered 4 dogs between the two of us – the first was the Chihuahua – a bacon wrapped dog covered with avocados and sour cream (first picture). This is one of my faves – bacon-wrapped? Good. Avocados? Goooood. Sour cream?? Mmmm! The combo is rich and meaty, and the snap from the hot dog casing prevented the whole shebang from tending towards mushy. Delish!
For our second dog, we ordered the good ol’ Chili dog – a well done dog smothered in mustard, onions, and their secret chili sauce:
While the chili dog isn’t exactly a ground-breakingly new innovation, Crif Dog’s version of it was very well done – perfectly spicy, meaty and just sloppy enough to necessitate some finger-lickin’ goodness. Although the Chihuahua was the only dog of the four we ordered that wasn’t bacon-wrapped (wow, I just noticed this, ha!), it was a hit.
Because I’m not against breakfast for dinner, we also ordered the Good Morning – a bacon wrapped dog smothered with melted cheese and a fried egg:
We rounded out our dog selection with the Tsunami – a house dog, bacon wrapped , with teriyaki, pineapple and green onions:
If you think pineapple on a hot dog is a little strange, well – it sure is different, I’ll tell you that. But surprisingly, the combination was quite refreshing with the meatiness of the hot dog and the fresh green onions. The one thing I felt could be improved was the teriyaki sauce, which when combined with the hot dog made the whole combination a bit too salty. Not to salty that I didn’t finish it or anything…
At around $3-5 for a dog, Crif Dogs‘s offerings are slightly more taxing on the wallet than your average dog, but the unique combinations and well-prepared dogs are worth it. And here’s a fun fact that will make your trip worth it – as you enter Crif Dogs, you’ll spot a phone booth on the left. Or rather, you think it’s a phone booth…. or is it a secret entrance to a super hidden bar? Stop by and let me know what you find…
113 St. Mark’s Place (btw 1st and Ave. A)
Interesting hot dog combinations, executed deliciously!