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While shopping at the Bay, I spotted the new New York Dreams diner on Jetty Road. I'd heard about their shop at Semaphore, and decided to call in for a hot dog. I guess that makes this article more of a snack than a full meal?
Being lunchtime, the shop was moderately busy but it didn't take long for a friendly assistant to take my order. I settled for a Dream Dog (cheese kransky served with bacon, cheese, onions and ketchup) and busied myself taking photos (with permission) while my hot dog was assembled.
The shop was clean and fittings were new, decorated with a variety of American icons and knick-knacks. I didn't look closely in the drinks fridge, but it seemed to have a range of the common soft drinks.
For my hot dog, first a good measure of diced bacon and chopped fried onion was put in the bun, then a squirt of cheese is applied along the open side of the bun. Next the kransky sausage is placed on top, and some ketchup applied. In my case I got mustard as well, although it isn't a listed ingredient. Finally the completed dog got a quick burst in the microwave to heat it through.
The kransky is slightly thicker than an average sausage, and has cheese inside running down the length of it. In common with many other hot dogs I've had, the sausage doesn't fit neatly inside the bun (in this case partly because the sausage is a little curved).
You can eat in at compact tables overlooking the street, sit at the counter on stools, or take away as I did. Packaging was the usual paper wrap inside a bag. On opening it, I found that much of the contents (bacon, onion and sausage) had slipped towards the bottom of the bag, as most hot dogs do.
It meant that my first bite was just the plain white bread roll, which tasted pretty much like any other. I was initially disappointed (I tend to eat wholemeal or multigrain), but then realised that it wouldn't be a "proper" American dog if it didn't come on white.
On taking a bite of the kransky sausage I found it mild spiced, with the cheese apparent inside. The skin was somewhat firm and chewy - I'm not sure whether that is usual for a kransky but I found it a little tough.
Other than that, the taste of the hot dog was definitely superior to the corner shop version although a couple of dollars more expensive at $8.95. I didn't end up finishing it because the bottom of the bag became a gooey mix of bacon and onion, cheese and sauces. Perhaps I need to improve my hot dog eating technique.