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The Wild Dog Cart

As hot dogs go, theirs was meaty enough

Photo: Jenn Ladd, License: N/A

Jenn Ladd

The Wild Dog Cart, @theWilddogcart

We were queuing for a different food truck, feeling as though we were being broiled alive by the sun when we first saw the Wild Dog Cart, which had far fewer customers—a potentially ominous sign—but which offered far more promising results for our goal of avoiding a farmer’s tan this summer. And we don’t regret this decision at all: As hot dogs go, theirs was meaty enough (they boast Nathan’s brand dogs), reasonable, and quick (we were out of the sun a minute after ordering). Four of their eight options involved chili, which wasn’t too enticing on a hot day. They had sold out of the Mexicana dog with cheese, salsa, onions, green chilies, and tortilla chips, so we went a different way, flavor-wise, with the reuben dog ($5). Pretty straightforward: a slice of Swiss on a more-than-sturdy bun, and a dog on top, covered with nicely pickled sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. We could have used more dressing. But kudos goes to the Wild Dog Cart: For as large as the dog was and as much kraut was on it, it never got messy.

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