This is a pretty basic order at the counter kind of operation. They've got a decent amount of seating and lots of creative pictures all over the walls. The service definitely wasn't as fast as at Gene and Jude's, but it's not like we were waiting very long. The lady behind the counter was nice as well except that she suggested that Ricky purchase the deep fried hot dog. I thought this was a bit evil of her since Ricky was clearly intoxicated, and this option would not bode well for his digestion if you catch my drift.
The prices were reasonable with hot dogs around $3.50 and fries around $1.50. The key to this place is that they have a hot dog from practically every region of the USA. I wouldn't say that this is a good thing. I'm just saying that it's the objective that they stand behind.
The Professor and I went for the Chicago Style Dog while Ricky and Kogan got the New Orleans Dog. Now I didn't know that New Orleans had a style of hot dog, but I have difficulty imagining a street vendor next to the gumbo guy selling hot dogs with grilled onions, tomato, and barbecue sauce. Most of us got the Curly Fries on the side except for the Prof who got Onion Rings.
The Curly Fries
The New Orleans Dog
The Chicago Dog
The Onion Rings
The first thing I tried was an onion ring. The rings were large with a substantial breading, but there was no flavoring to it. A simple addition of salt or pepper to the batter would've gone a long way. Next I went for my Chicago Dog which had all the right toppings besides the seasoning salt. The dog didn't really have any snap to it which was disappointing. My bun was also a bit stale. The curly fries had nice flavoring but came out luke warm.
When I visited Duke while looking at schools for undergrad, I remember a hot dog stand that was putting really creative things on top. I had a hot dog with barbecue sauce and crumbled potato chips, and I thought it was amazing. This may also have been due to the high quality dog and bun. You can't just slop on a variety of different ingredients onto a mediocre dog and expect that to impress people (let alone represent a region). Still, America's Dog was a decent treat at the end of the night that was served in a timely manner at a low price. Maybe if I was a little more under the influence I might have enjoyed my meal more. Let that be the message about America's Dog... Have a lot to drink first. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.