Published: September 7, 2011
If you missed going to Ocean City this summer, head over to Canton on your lunch break and send your diet on a vacation. Two quarter-pound all-beef hot dogs on buttery Martin’s buns and a 12-oz. Coca-Cola fountain beverage for $5? Sure ma’am, and thank you too. Canton’s newest nonbar, Dog Bar, serves what they call the Working Lunch Special daily 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with complimentary toppings: ketchup, yellow or spicy mustard, chopped onion, relish, hots, thousand island dressing, horseradish sauce, and green pepper. There are also additional toppings such as cheddar cheese (59 cents), mango salsa (79 cents), and pulled-pork BBQ or bacon (99 cents). It may be sacrilegious to top a hot dog with ketchup, but it’s also a delicious contrast to the saltiness of the dog and the crunch of onion. Seriously simple and good. The Coney Island Dog ($4.99) came with sweet and smoky Coney Island chili sauce, onions, and choice of mustard—it’s good with spicy. Love that thin chili sauce! A side of the featured boardwalk fries called the Boss Lady’s Loaded Fries busted a gut with cheese sauce, handmade chipotle chili, bacon, sour cream, scallions, and jalapeños. Dog Bar also serves Natty Boh brats ($4.59) and Roma Old Bay sausages ($4.59), natch, but c’mon, so full already! But the vanilla milkshake ($3.49) was creamy and sweet.
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