Frankfurter News

I am pleased to report that New Orleans is now home to a top-notch purveyor of hot dogs. Even pre-k, this was an area of our culinary scene that was severly lacking. I am qualified to say this because I ran a website devoted to hot dogs and I sampled many around the city. Nobody specialized in hot dogs, and the places that featured them on the menu universally sold an inferior product. Pre-k I would have said that the little food counter at Sam’s Club was your best bet for a hot dog. Thankfully this is no longer the case.

East bank residents need look no futher than Shaggy’s Seafood & Sandwich Shop, at 4413 Banks St., next to Banks St. Bar & Grill. Formerly the Gigi Asian Bistro, this little hole in the wall carries all Vienna Beef hot dogs, plus po-boys and other standards. Vienna Beef means a quality hot dog, and Shaggy’s is the only place in the city that carries them. Today marked my third visit, and the third time was a charm, as I can now safely say that Shaggy has perfected the art of the chicago-style hot dog. It was a completely authentic rendering, right down to the neon green relish and the mushy poppy seed bun. If you don’t like your hot dogs “dragged through the garden” you can get a plain “New York style” dog as well, plus there are daily dog specials — including a “muffaletta dog.” Shaggy also recommends the pork chop sandwich, which I have yet to try.

For west bankers there’s a somewhat new place called Easy Dogs in Gretna. I can’t vouch for this place but it sure is nice to see people taking the hot dog seriously in New Orleans. And as I’m only a few blocks away from Shaggy’s, I hope they stay there for some time to come.

4 Comments so far

  1. Craig (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 1:22 am

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    TBK and I can vouch for the fun at Easy Dogs (which is closed Sunday and Monday), having experienced it this past Saturday night on the recommendation of some friends. After 9pm on Saturday (and I think another night of the week), the place goes Adult with a joke bingo game that is, in a word, hilarious and well-worth the time. The dogs are wonderful (they also have a Frito pie that’s excellent), the beer selection (and a full bar) is very good and the company is all Yat. I was expecting hokey but found lots of fun. The owners have created an entertainment monster that will quickly outgrow the small confines (across the street from the Farmer’s Market pavilion in downtown Gretna).

  2. TBK (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 8:05 am

    The same friend who herded us to Easy Dogs also mentioned Shaggy’s ( apparently a friend of her’s runs the joint). I dunno what it is… But Weiners/frankfurters/dogs is my food craving of late.
    Diabetes be damned… Gimme one loaded!!!!

  3. Cousin Pat from Georgia (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

    I went by Shaggy’s today based on this very recommendation, and the Chicago dog did indeed hit the spot. Thumbs up from this hotdog lover. I will be sojorning there sometime during a lunch break next week to try this porkchop sandwich as well…

  4. Ray (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    Nobody specialized in hot dogs

    “Oh! My valve!”

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