>Hey, I don’t particularly search out for hotdogs or burgers as a means of staple when I am contemplating what to eat, but on this particular day, I get a tweet informing me that The Greasy Wiener gourmet food truck was going to be in Irvine and if interested, to go out there and give them a try. I gathered up my trusted fellow foodie and blogger Holly (Savored) and headed out to Central Park West where we found several trucks already parked there.
I quickly searched out for The Greasy Wiener and found Adam, who had tweeted me and Holly as well to come on down to give their simple menu a shot. We chatted a little before embarking on what was to be a hell of a journey into making my taste buds whet and changing my mind forever on the humble hot dog and its counterpart, the burger — in this case, sliders.
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The menu is simple. There is the bacon chili cheese dog, or the chicken and apple sausage dog. Then there is the Iggy slider which come two to an order and topped with cheese, pickle and a special ‘secret’ sauce. If you’re a non-meat eater, well, they even have the “Hippie” which is a vegan dog especially for you. Add some fries, or, if you’re feeling REALLY brave, get the chili cheese fries. A whopping portion of fries topped with the delectable chili and cheese sauce for only $4 is enough for four or more people to share as a side. It was so good I couldn’t stop eating it even though I kept telling myself “gotta stop, gotta stop”, but I kept taking another bite.
I tend to like menus which are simple and no fuss. Really, hot dogs, burgers and fries. Straight-forward stuff! But let me tell you, when the stuff hit my mouth, there was nothing simple about it.
The bacon chili cheese dog was topped with a massive amount of grilled onions and some grilled jalapenos (I asked for mine spicy, you can get it without) making it a little difficult to bit into at first. I picked up the dog and thought about it for a bit before just giving up and taking a bite. I think I was literally a bit shocked at the mouth-explosion which happened right after I realized what had hit me. This wasn’t like any other hot dog I’ve ever had before and I thought those bacon-wrapped muthas from downtown LA were the bomb.
These hot dogs are fried which adds to the snap of the sausage but they are not over-fried where the skin shows sign of deterioration and starts wrinkling up. Oh no, these were just fried to perfection and the incredible snap of each and every bite is what is so addicting for me. You see, there are two reasons why I eat hot dogs, one of course is the flavor of the sausage portion and the other, is how much it snaps. For some reason, that snap just thrills me to no end. I can’t explain it, but it does, and the dog here has the most incredible snap I’ve ever encountered.
Next was the chicken apple sausage — okay, I’ve never been a fan of sausages mixed with apples to begin with due to its sweetness — I do NOT like sweet with my savory food — but I’ll have to give it to them because again, the snap factor had a lot to do with how I like a dog. If you like chicken apple sausages, definitely go for this one.
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Sliders, ahhh these cute lil miniature burgers which sound so adorable and tasty, but my experience with them have been a hit and miss. Why? Well, most places use King’s Hawaiian bread rolls for their sliders and if you were paying attention …. yeah, you get the picture, they’re SWEET! Up to now, my favorite sliders are those kobe ones from Drago Centro in downtown LA, but these little suckers just blew my mind.
Take freshly ground Angus and season them correctly, cooked so they are still tender and juicy, and now you assemble them with grilled onions, a fair amount of cheese, and the ‘special’ sauce and voila — positively one of the best sliders I’ve had in a long time!!
At the moment, The Greasy Wiener operates in Los Angeles and if you’re lucky they’ll stop by in OC on a whim. They are working to get an OC permit and when that happens, I’ll be first in line for more of this deliciously greasy fare.