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Articles tagged with: Hot Dogs

JACK HURLEY, LINKING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT, CLASSIC AMERICAN FOOD, AND THE MODERN PALATE

on Tuesday, 16 October 2012. Posted in Magazine, Personalities, Eat This Fall! 2012, LOCAL Bites, Follow This!

By: Kathleen Curry

 

jack headThe US fast food market wasn't always dominated by national franchises. If you were born in the 1960s or later, like yours truly, you haven't known it any other way. On a local scale, Jack Hurley of Jack's Cosmic Dogs (JCD) is determined to change that. 

 

Originally from Burlington, Vermont, Hurley has linked fixtures of his youth to the present for 11 with a hotdog stand and its ever-evolving menu. The original location is on Hwy 17 North, the other two are on Folly Road and Hwy 61. In 1991, Hurley moved to the Isle of Palms with his wife Priscilla, and sons Morgan and Skylar. Something sparked when he saw a roadside building off Highway 17 North."If a place ever looked like a hot dog joint, that was it." Its menu would feature homemade chili, freshly made coleslaw, longneck Nehi soda, hand-cut fries, soft serve ice cream, shakes, malts, moon pies, and draft root beer, in addition to hotdogs. Its interior would be a bright cheery diner with booths and two-seater tables, and wacky antiques from Hurley's personal collection, like a robot, a plastic tea set chandelier, a kids go cart, and rockets are inside and outside.  On another wall, next to a framed and autographed copy of a Men’s Journal article about JCD (more on that later), there’s a framed 1970 program for William & Mary Football team. Hurley played offensive end; he was coached there by the young Lou Holtz, Marv Levy, & Bobby Ross. ‘Years later, Hurley got a photo with Holtz, and Holtz autographed the program.  ‘Does Hurley see parallels between sports and entrepreneurship? He says, “Competitive sports develops a great work ethic, makes you want to win, and you develop ease with working all types of people to get that win.”  Outside, there’s a JCD authentic airstream trailer with rockets on top; it is used for catering events. Inside and out, the whole package blends well with a retro-style logo designed by Gil Shuler and animated hotdog paintings by Mario Valdes. 

Dog Days, Vol. III: A.W. Dawgs

on Wednesday, 15 August 2012. Posted in Magazine, Eat This! Summer 2012, LOCAL Bites, Follow This!

By Patrick Graham

 

awd25I have never been a little brother.  I am the elder of my parents’ two children, and I have known many little brothers.  In my experience, it is not uncommon for the younger of the two to strike out on his own and strive to be nothing like his senior sibling, especially after taking a crack at emulating that big brother as a result of an innate sense of reverence.  Few role models present themselves as easily or more prominently early on in a boy’s life.

 

Such may be the case for the relationship between A.W. Dawgs and A.W. Shuck’s.  If you’ve been in downtown Charleston’s Market area for more than a half an hour, you probably know about A.W. Shuck’s.  The catchy name and better-than-average reviews have helped tourists find the usual sought-after seafood plates and plentiful outdoor seating, and the locals have been coming around for more than thirty years.  But just last month, the raw bar that included the storefront at 70 State Street was converted into a hot dog joint, and thus the transformation of the rebellious little brother was realized.

Dog Days, Vol. II: Perfectly Franks

on Wednesday, 25 July 2012. Posted in Magazine, Eat This! Summer 2012, LOCAL Bites, Follow This!

PF12Dog Days.  The name is derived from the lingering appearance of the brightest star in the night skies of summer.  Sirius, the main attraction in the constellation Canis Major, or Big Dog, is a prominent throughout the days of June, July, and August.  It’s no coincidence that the hot dog gets a special place on summertime tables.  As cuisine has evolved to a high level in the Lowcountry, so has the hot dog.  I present you EatThisCharleston.com’s Dog Show.

 

Dog Days, Vol. II: Perfectly Franks

 

By Patrick Graham

 

Summerville is a bit off the beaten path for most people in the metro area, and it's not uncommon for me to have issues with a city's layout if I haven't been there that many times.  It's my own fault, as the Ville isn't that far, it has a cute little downtown, and it contains many little gems for one to discover if you look hard enough.  Perfectly Franks is one of those gems, and the layout issue I was alluding to is the "parking lot" along North Main.  Regulars of this famed hot dog joint are figuratively pointing and laughing at me right now, and some are actually pointing at their computer monitors or smartphones and laughing at their screen.  The stack of cars begins right in front of PF's main entrance and continues up the main drag, and as popular as this place is, I knew that an open 8 x 16 foot box of asphalt was going to be a bit of a challenge, even on an off Tuesday.  I eventually beat the odds and landed a spot directly in front of one of the most popular eateries in Dorchester County (my mother has "parking karma"...sometimes it works for me).

Dog Days, Vol. I: Skoogie’s Chicago Style Deli

on Friday, 13 July 2012. Posted in Magazine, Eat This! Summer 2012, LOCAL Bites, Follow This!, Restaurant Spotlight

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Dog Days.  The name is derived from the lingering appearance of the brightest star in the night skies of summer.  Sirius, the main attraction in the constellation Canis Major, or Big Dog, is prominent throughout the days of June, July, and August.  It’s no coincidence that the hot dog gets a special place on summertime tables.  As cuisine has evolved to a high level in the Lowcountry, so has the hot dog.  I present you EatThisCharleston.com’s Dog Show.


By Patrick Graham

 

If there is one thing that the Second City brings to the dinner table every night, it’s delicious (albeit unhealthy) food.  Deep dish pizza may be the healthiest thing that Chicagoland can offer in the sense that it contains all four food groups if you play your cards right.  Sausage and its brethren with the last name of “Wurst” are popular items in the meat group in northern Illinois, so the fact that the area boasts a good hot dog or two should not be a surprise.  Skoogie’s Chicago Style Deli on Coleman Boulevard has brought Polish sausage and geographically

correct hot dog preparations to Mount Pleasant for a couple of generations now.