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Burger-Fi

Burger-Fi

Today I review some dogs from Burger-Fi - a restaurant chain known more for burgers than dogs. Whipping up gourmet burger fare with fresh, natural, ingredients with a focus on freshness, burger fi offers just two specialty hot dogs made with Vienna Beef hot dogs.

The two specialty dogs offered up from Burger-Fi are "Texas Style" and "New York Style". Let's get to the dogs! Both Texas and New York are two places that couldn't be further apart with regard to flavors, styles, and general attitude. Each have their own way of doing things and I couldn't wait to taste Burger-Fi's rendition of both, while being in North Carolina.


Now, on with the dogs!
 

Left: Texas Style, Right: New York Style, Beer: Red Oak

Left: Texas Style, Right: New York Style, Beer: Red Oak

Great dog, if only it wasn't split

Great dog, if only it wasn't split

First Off, The Texas Style hot dog:
The combination of Chili, Cheese, and Hot Sauce (What I assume is Texas Pete) is a hungry man's wet dream. At first bite this dog was pretty amazing all the way through to the last bite. The way the cheese is just sloppily ladled on with no regard to aesthetics is exactly what you want in a dog with cheese. However, Burger-Fi slices their hot dogs, which to me is a big no-no. More on that below..
The Bun: Toasted
The Dog: Vienna Beef
The Toppings: Chili, Cheese, Hot Sauce (Potentially texas pete)
Rating: 🌭🌭🌭🌭🌭🌭🌭 6 dogs out of 10! There are two ways to cook a hot dog, the right way and the wrong way. In my professional hot dog cooking/eating opinion, if you slice your dog (or some people even spiral cut their hot dogs) you ruin the snap and flavor and juicy goodness. Burger-Fi slices or "Butterflies" their dogs -- which to me is a mistake. With that said, there are some in the camp that believe butterflying your hot dog is a way to cook it more thoroughly, is safer for kids, and prevents the dog from bursting it's casing. My response is I'm not a kid, and you can properly cook a dog thoroughly without bursting the case. As a traditionalist in the non-butterflying camp, this dog gets some deductions.


Next up, the New York Style dog:
I can't say that I've really ever reached for the kraut to put on my hot dog, but I might start doing so. This New York Style dog was absolutely delicious, and made me appreciate a new topping, so for that it gets an extra hot dog point. The mustard and kraut flavor combination is a treat to the tongue.
The Bun: Toasted
The Dog: Vienna Beef
The Toppings: Mustard, Kraut
Rating: 🌭🌭🌭🌭🌭🌭🌭 7 dogs out of 10! A great dog that inspired me to use kraut more often, however I can't look past the split hot dog.


In closing, if you happen to be at Burger-Fi, but not in the mood for a burger, you've got some delicious hot dog options to try. And while I fully admit there's no trusted science behind a split dog and not split dog -- yet (more on that in a future post), if you can look past the mutiliation, you'll enjoy yourself.

 
Jim's Ole Time Hot Dogs

Jim's Ole Time Hot Dogs