As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to [email protected]
No. 87: Chef Shack hot dog
There are few things waiting in long lines for. Among them: upside-down roller coasters, State Fair cheese curds, photos with strange sports team mascots, and Minnesota Zoo concert tickets. Add Chef Shack hot dogs to this exclusive list. Pretty much anything at Chef Shack is worth waiting in line for (Beet ice cream? Yes. Indian-spiced mini-donuts? Uh huh. Tomato watermelon gazpacho? Abso-effing-lutely.) Hell, the condiment station alone -- populated by a rainbow of curried mango, kimchee, pickled onions, and assorted mustards, among other things -- is alone worth a wait. It's the condiment selection that elevates Chef Shack's hot dog to "100 Favorite Dishes" status. The hefty, rich dog -- made with local, grass-fed and delectable Thousand Hills beef -- is impressive enough solo, but the creative and thoughtfully-chosen adornment options really give this dog some staying power, easily providing a summer-full of fantastic options. Curb eating never tasted so good.
Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi No. 99: Eclair at Butter No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French No 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant No. 89 Dowjic at Babani's No. 88 Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe