Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hot Dogs at Hamburger Heaven

This started when a friend told me he had eaten hot dogs at Hamburger Heaven recently. I had no idea they even served hot dogs. It has been a long time since I have been there so I suggested we give it a try. In fact the last time I went to Hamburger Heaven it was to the original location out on Crestwood Blvd. For this trip we went to the location on hwy. 280 close to Lloyds.

I remember my dad used to say that you shouldn't order fish at a steak restaurant or steak at a seafood restaurant because it wouldn't be as good as you hoped. That came back to me after we went to Hamburger Heaven to have hot dogs. Hamburger Heaven is clearly a place that specializes in hamburgers. Don't get me wrong, the hot dogs were not bad, but they were nothing special either.

The dogs they serve are large and I presume are Nathan's brand since there is a Nathan's sign on the wall in the rear of the side seating area. We each tried a chili dog and hot dog as usual on a first visit to a place. The hot dogs come somewhat like a "Birmingham dog", with sauce, mustard, kraut and onions. But, the sauce is different from any hot dog sauce I have ever seen. It is actually their own hamburger sauce that appears to be a mix of mustard and ketchup with a little something else thrown in. The chili on the chili dogs is good chili. I didn't think to look but I bet they have a hamburger topped with chili, thus the chili is hot and ready.

We sat there eating and finally talked about the food. It was then that we agreed that while it all seemed OK it just left us wishing we had tried something else. The hot dogs showed no evidence of being grilled and were actually warm rather than hot even though served in Styrofoam caskets that could have kept them warm. It's really hard to come up with specific reasons for our reaction other than the serving temperature and not having been grilled. The bottom line is, both the temperature and the flavor left something to be desired. It is our opinion that at over $2 each, you would do better to have a hamburger at Hamburger Heaven rather than a hot dog.

The thought came to us that despite the many businesses along highway 280, we can think of NO hot dog stands between Homewood and Chelsea. I think there is a business opportunity for someone there.

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