My internet’s down at home and the Verizon guy isn’t coming until tomorrow. I’m going nuts. It’s shocking (and a little scary) how reliant we all are on our computers and the net. I feel completely disconnected from the world (How am I supposed to update my Facebook status? Kidding.). Thank god for Starbucks. There’s a guy here curled up on one of the plush chairs with his shoes and SOCKS off. Where exactly does he think he is?? 70 years ago fans wore their Sunday best to baseball games; now it’s acceptable for a man to put his nasty bare feet all over a coffeehouse chair. How far we’ve fallen. I’m giving this guy the stare of death.
Anyhow, let’s talk about hot dogs. A few months ago my friend Jose shared his thoughts on Pat’s Hubba Hubba. He talks about Pat’s all the time now, so I needed to find out if the dogs were as good as he claimed.
After a recent happy hour, a few of us headed to Pat’s to grab a dog for the road. John’s excitement was palpable.
There’s nothing fancy about Pat’s — it’s a casual greasy spoon — which is pretty much ideal after a happy hour. A burger sounded good. So did a milkshake. But I stuck to the plan of sampling Pat’s famous chili dog.
Like Jose mentioned, there’s an enjoyable simplicity to the Pat’s hot dog: split grilled dog, grilled bun, a smattering of chili and fresh chopped onions (bring your Altoids and Listerine strips). The dog itself isn’t anything special — I’d prefer more bite — but it all works really well together.
The chili has an interesting consistency, almost pasty. I’m not sure it’d make a good bowl on its own, but it goes great on top of the hot dog. I find it preferable to a wet, drippy chili dog. And hey, look at that, chili with a kick to it! (Ahem, I’m talking to you, Smokehouse Chili-Grill…)
When it comes to hot dogs I’ll always be a sauerkraut man, but sometimes you’ve got to mix it up. Pat’s chili dog: Recommended.
Pat’s Hubba Hubba
820 Cove Rd.
Stamford, CT 06902