Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Street Meat

"Street-meat" is what the Canadians call the hot-dogs and sausages that the street vendors sell. One thing I've noticed that's good about Toronto is that the vendors actually sell good hot-dogs here. In Washington DC and Baltimore, you pretty much get boiled rubber. Boston has a few good places for hot-dogs, but not many. New York actually invented the hot dog, so it's sad that the actual hot dogs that you get at Nathan's in Coney Island aren't anything special. Actually, some of the best ones I've had were in Maine, of all places. What's strange about them is that Maine hot dogs are bright red, but they taste pretty good. Of course, you can get red-hots in most places, but these are bigger than red-hots.

The thing is, there seems to be a dividing line between places that sell rubbery grocery store hot-dogs and places that grill a sausage over a fire and put it on a toasted bun. Happily, Toronto is on the right side of the line.

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